A Sinhala daily newspaper
The Lake House Sinhala daily, 'Dinamina' had enjoyed many years as the only Sinhala morning daily newspaper before a second Sinhala newspaper appeared. That was in 1947, when the Times of Ceylon group of newspapers started publishing the 'Lankadipa,' which began as an evening newspaper on October 27, 1947.
Having built up a significant readership, 'Lankadipa,' began publishing as a morning daily on May 1, 1949. The Sinhala readers now had a choice in morning newspapers.
The respected scholar Julius de Lanerolle was editor-in-chief of the 'Lankadipa.' The second in command D. B. Dhanapala, who had started as a writer for English newspapers was full of ideas. He had the knack of picking up the right men and soon built up a fine set of Sinhala journalists.
While the 'Dinamina' used a more traditional style of writing, 'Lankadipa' developed a more easy style. This was much liked by the readers because it was closer to the day to day language they were used to. Interesting columns were introduced while space was devoted to art and culture.
The daily column 'Vagathuga' which turned out to be a very popular, contemporary social, political and economic commentary was started by a renowned poet of the day, Sagara Palansuriya on November 17, 1847. Within two weeks, another well-known literary figure, Sri Chandraratne Manawasinghe took over and continued without a break until September 28, 1964 – a fine record indeed.
'Lankadipa' soon became a model to follow and to this day remains popular among the