Martin Wickramasinghe, born 1890 in Kogalla, is one of the most renowned authors in Sinhalese literature. Though focusing on folk life and culture of rural and Buddhist Sri Lanka, he did not become a proponent of vulgar nationalism like many other Sinhalese authors. One of his most celebrated novels is Gamperaliya, published in 1944, tells the story of an aristocratic family in a southern village, depicting the breakup of traditional village life due to the impact of modern commercial culture. Gampareliya was made into a movie in 1964. Wickramasinghe's most famous work is Viragaya, published in 1956, Viragaya is considered to be as the greatest work of Sinhalese literature.
Culturally interested holiday makers in at the western part of the south coast, stretching from Galle to Tangalle, should not miss a visit of Martin Wickramasinghe’s house in Kogalle, which is a museum now. For more information, please visit the official Martin Wickramasinghe website...
"The house in which Martin Wickramasinghe was born has inspired the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust to established a Folk Museum Complex, surrounded by a restored ecosystem planted with hundreds of varieties of indigenous trees and shrubs in which bird life abounds. The house and the surroundings brings to life a little part of the Koggala which is so vividly depicted in Wickramasinghe’s writings."
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