Leading entrepreneur and philanthropist Soma Edirisinghe laid to rest

Leading entrepreneur and philanthropist Soma Edirisinghe laid to rest

Leading entrepreneur and philanthropist Soma Edirisinghe laid to rest

Written by Staff Writer

05 Nov, 2015 | 9:15 pm

The final rites of the Chairperson of the EAP Group of Companies and a prominent entrepreneur in Sri Lanka, Dr. Soma Edirisinghe, who passed away on Thursday morning, were performed at the Borella Public Cemetery earlier this evening.

Soma Edirisinghe was 76-years-old at the time of her death.

Soma Edirisinghe, an entrepreneur, a film producer and a social worker, passed away on Thursday morning while receiving treatment at a private hospital, following a prolonged illness.

Her remains were placed at her residence at Sulaiman Terrace in Borella, for the public to pay their last respects.

Distinguished personalities, including President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived to pay their last respects. Large groups representing various fields also arrived to pay their last respects to the late Soma Edirisinghe.

Subsequent to religious observances at her residence, the remains of Dr. Soma Edirisinghe were brought to the Borella Public Cemetery on Thursday evening.

Let us take a look at the illustrious life of Dr. Soma Edirisinghe, who made an indelible mark in several fields and sectors.

Born on  July 5, 1939, Soma Edirisinghe obtained her primary education at the Meegoda Government School.

Soma Edirisinghe who was a philanthropist and a social worker, was married to E.A.P Edirisinghe who was the founder of EAP Group of Companies.

Her career as an entrepreneur began with the sudden demise of her husband EAP Edirisinghe.  From that day onwards she has been playing the role of Chairperson of the EAP Group of Companies and gave leadership to electronic media institutions such as Swarnawahini, Sri FM and E FM.

Soma Edirisinghe played an active role in helping the under-privileged sectors of society through the Lions Club and many other civil society organisations.

The late, Soma Edirisinghe who rendered an infinite service to society irrespective of caste or creed, was the first lady to be elected to the position of District Governor of the Lions Club.

While being involved in many social deeds, she also had a strong liking towards the Sinhala cinema and went on to produce twelve films.

Movies such as Dhawala Pushpaya, Sailama, Wisidela, Rosa Wasanthe, Kinihiriya Mal, Salelu Warama, Re Daniel Dawal Migel, Ira Madiyama, Asani Warsha, Tharaka Mal, Heart FM and Sir Last Chance still remain etched in the hearts and minds of many a Sri Lankan.

Of these movies, Soma Edirisinghe holds the honours for receiving the Sarasavi Award for the Best Film 1995 Sailama, Sarasavi Award for the Best Film 1996 Re Deniyal Daval Migel 2 and the Sarasavi Award for the Most Popular Film 2001 Rosa Wasanthaya.

As part of her service to the community, she founded the Janasarana Foundation, Suwanetha Lions Eye Hospital and the Sunhinda Elders Home.

For the immense service rendered by Soma Edrisinghe to culture and society, she was presented with the Deshabandu National Award in 2004, and in 2005 was presented the Deshashakthi National award and was also conferred a honorary doctorate.

She also received The People’s Award in 2007 for “People’s Social Worker of the Year”.

Dr. Soma Edirisinghe bids farewell, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of an entire nation as a true people’s lady who led an exemplary life.

Soma Edirisinghe, May You Rest in Peace 

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