Senior journalist, film critic, environmentalist and educator Kala Keerthi Edwin Ariyadasa passed away at the age of 98 today (22).

Mr. Ariyadasa was born on December 3, 1922, in Unawatuna, Galle and is an alumnus of Mahinda College.  He is a graduate of University of Ceylon where he obtained a degree in Sinhala and English languages. 

An accomplished foreign news analyst, he joined Lake House in 1949 and was on the Editorial Staff of Divaina, Daily News, Sunday Observer and Silumina.

He was instrumental in the introduction of mass communication at the tertiary education level in Sri Lanka. He formulated the first syllabus to teach mass communications at the University of Kelaniya and was associated with the introduction of media studies at the Open University of Sri Lanka.