Bandula Harischandra is a senior artist who has many paintings in Buddhist Temples in the country to his credit; among them are the Ambalangoda Kaluwasmula Trimana Temple and the Sri Lankarama Temple in Borella. He has also designed many postage stamps.
S. M. Gopalaratnam, born and educated in Jaffna started his journalistic career in 1953 as a proof reader on the Virakesari newspaper. He later rose to the rank of Sub Editor the following year and left in May 1960.
His early contributions as a student appeared in the Lankadeepa during the Dhanapala era, while his left roots inspired him to join the Communist Party papers, Maubima and Forward during the sixties.