Media expert and an author, holds a BA(Sociology) degree from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. Obtained his Master's and doctoral degrees in Communication from Canada.
Joined the Civil Service in 1962. Retired prematurely in 1982 and joined the Asia Mass Communication Information centre, Singapore as its Secretary-General. Later joined the UNDP and then UNESCO
Founder Chairman of Sri Lanka's Film Corporation and was CMD of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd before joining politics in 1993 when he won a seat in the Central Provincial Council.
Is currently a Member of Parliament
*second half of March : to be finalised*