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Janma Bhoomi

For 65 minutes weekly Janma Bhoomi aims to keep Singhalese in touch with their motherland and educate the younger generation born here about the history and nature of Sri Lanka. There are historical stories and events, news and current affairs, poetry, prose and drama, festival celebrations, all wrapped around with both old and modern music.


  • Presenter / Co-ordinator: Nilupul Senarath-Dassanayake

    Nilupul has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting. But on the radio she’s an actress, singer, technician and producer. Nilupul has a passion for music, singing and dancing. She plays the piano and has been a member of a choir, western and eastern bands. She is a ballet fan, loves theatre, musicals, romantic and comedy movies.

  • Presenter: Pearl Senarath-Dassanayake

    Pearl was educated at St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo. She obtained her degree and post-graduate Education diploma at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya.  Following some years of teaching she worked as Executive Director/CEO for the Association of Accounting Technicians, Sri Lanka. Pearl enjoys reading, writing, music, drama and movies and helping in the community.

  • PRESENTER: Chandra Gunasekara

    Chandra undertook an MSc. (Computing) at the University of Colombo and worked as an Assistant Lecturer there, and later at the Sri Lankan Institute of Advanced Technical Education. After arriving in New Zealand, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing and tutored at MIT and Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Her talents include Website Design & Creation and she enjoys community work. Currently working as Editor for USLA (Auckland), Chandra unwinds by listening to classical music.

  • PRESENTER: Upali Gunasekara

    Holding a Masters in Public Administration, Upali served as a Class 1 officer in Sri Lanka’s Administrative Service. He has served the country in various public service roles for 35 years and still serves as a Disciplinary Inquiry Officer for the Sri Lankan Government. His most memorable experiences are serving rural communities while working remotely  as a Divisional Secretary. Upali’s hobbies include collecting internationally acclaimed movies and musical audio. He currently serves as Secretary for USLA Auckland.

  • Presenter: Kumudu Hettiarachchi (He/him)

    Kumudu is a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand, a member of CAANZ, CA Sri Lanka, CPA Australia & CIMA (UK) and an alumnus of the B.Sc. Accountancy degree program (University of Sri Jayawardanepura). With experience across Sri Lanka, Maldives and New Zealand, he now works as a Finance Manager. His involvement with Janma Bhoomi accentuates his passion for music, dancing and community services. Kumudu currently serves as an executive member of USLA (Auckland branch). 

  • Presenter: Thushara Dias (She/her)

    Thushara holds a B. Sc. Business Administration (special) degree from the University of Sri Jayawardanepura and is a Chartered Accountancy finalist in Sri Lanka. She worked as an Audit Manager in Sri Lanka, has been working as an Accountant in commercial organisations in New Zealand, and runs her own Accountancy & tax services firm. A lover of cooking, she enjoys trying different Sri Lankan and western recipes, and is passionate about home gardening.

  • PRESENTER: Rasika Gallage

    Educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Rasika holds an MSc degree in Engineering from St Petersburg State University. A former Systems Administrator for Millennium IT, she has been in her current role with Telecom NZ for nearly a decade. She enjoys working with people, is heavily involved in community work, and is currently Vice President of the United Sri Lanka Association and coordinator of USLA Sinhala School. Rasika enjoys photography, sewing, and cooking.

  • PRESENTER: Krishan Gallage

    Krishan completed an MSc degree in Engineering before undertaking Postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland. He served as president of Science, Literature, and the Buddhist society for two consecutive years and worked in the university Mathematics department before moving to Spark NZ. Krishan is the founding Principal of the Auckland Centre for Buddhist Learning. A rugby fan and experienced cricket trainer, he had his first taste of radio production at just 11 years old.

Janma Bhoomi

Wednesday, 11 May, 2022

Sri Lankan Current Affairs

Janma Bhoomi aims to keep Singhalese in touch with their motherland and educate the younger generation born here about the history and nature of Sri Lanka

Previous podcasts

  • WEDNESDAY 4/05/2022

  • WEDNESDAY 27/04/2022

  • WEDNESDAY 20/04/2022

  • WEDNESDAY 13/04/2022

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