Veteran photographer Sena Vidanagama passes away


Veteran photographer Sena Vidanagama passed away on 8 June. His funeral will be held on 9 June (today) at the Welisara Public Cemetery.

The public could pay their respects as his remains lie at his residence at No. 57/21, Nidahas Mawatha, Hettiyawatta, Elpitiwela, Ragama.

Vidanagama who served for many years at Lake House and with leading global new agency AFP was 76 at the time of his demise.

Vidanagama was born in Kapugama in Matara on 19 August, 1945 had received his education at Galagama MV.

Having taken to photography as a pastime Vidanagama entered Lake House in 1970 and proceeding to join the photography unit nine years later.

One of the most iconic photos captured by Vidanagama’s lens was the rifle assault on former Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 by a sailor of SL Navy at Galle Face Green whilst the visiting Premier was inspecting a Guard of Honour accorded to him.

At the time Vidanagama was attached to the Daily News and his famed photograph caught the attention of AFP which hired him promptly as its local photographer.

The late Vidanagama was elected Chairman of the Sri Lanka Photo Journalists Union in 1995. Subsequently, he  was elected treasurer as well.

He has been feted by local journalists’ unions for services rendered to develop photo journalism in this country.