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See Sara Lanka

See Sara Lanka aims to connect Sri Lankans living here with their homeland through culture, music, arts and current affairs. With special emphasis on young Sri Lankans living in New NZ, the show features regular calls to Sri Lanka and live discussions with people in Sri Lanka. The aim is to introduce Sri Lankan flavour to young and old.


  • Producer / Presenter: Mahinda Attanyake

    Mahinda a Chartered Mechanical Engineer is the current president of SPUR NZ. He sees the value of Sinhala language programmes for the young generation, especially through the use of music & live discussions. His passion is Sri Lankan current affairs which he follows closely even after leaving Sri Lanka more than 30 years ago. Mahinda enjoys Sinhala music, reading, and photography.

  • Presenter: Sujatha Attanayake

    Sujatha has been a Sinhalese radio programme presenter since 2006. A teacher in Sri Lanka, she added a BSc and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition in NZ to her qualifications. Sujatha is involved in script writing, selecting songs and recording features for See Sara Lanka. Her passion is Sinhala songs and listening to classical music. Old gold songs are her relaxation.

  • Panel Operator: Sithma Kulatunga

    Sithma sees radio as a great way to introduce talented people to the community. Her talents include a degree in IT with an interest in web design and software testing. Since arriving in 2012 she has worked as a care-giver. She loves to play violin especially the songs of Deepika. An outing with friends would ideally include a Sri Lankan show with dancing and music.

  • Presenter: Niranjan Patabandige

    Niranjan is a telecommunications and electronics engineer with a talent for singing, acting and playing Eastern and Western drums. He enjoys presenting a range of content on the radio show including drama, discussions and news and for recreation, watches rugby and cricket matches.

  • Presenter: Ruwan Fernando

    Ruwan has been involved in radio and TV since 1980. He undertook media courses at the German Cultural and Asia-Pacific Institutes and helped establish the Rupavahini Education Service in Sri Lanka. A qualified mathematician with 45 years teaching experience, Ruwan has taught in Sri Lanka and Brunei, and now lectures at Manukau Institute of Technology. He is also a talented singer and prominent stage drama actor.

  • Presenter: Ashanka Deniyage

    A qualified audio recording engineer, Ashanka gained his Bachelor in Audio Production at SAE in Invercargill. The talented musician is a professional keyboardist and since 2000 has worked composing melodies for both TV and radio shows. His musical taste is broad but he especially enjoys oriental and classic tunes and in 2002 completed Visharad of music in India.

See Sara Lanka

Friday, 29 April, 2022

Sri Lankan flavour for young and old

Culture, music, arts and current affairs with live reports from Sri Lanka. Community dialogue for young Sri Lankans.

Previous podcasts

  • FRIDAY 22/04/2022

  • FRIDAY 15/04/2022

  • FRIDAY 8/04/2022

  • FRIDAY 1/04/2022

  • Mahela Undugodage

    • FRIDAY 9/03/2018
    • Community magazine

    Mahela Undugodage works with mental health patients. In this interview he provides statistics about suicide rates in both Sri Lanka and New Zealand and lessons on how to approach someone dealing with mental health issues.

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