Last week Distingushed Old Rajan Dr. Nihal Krunaratne famous private
parctitioner at the Peoples' Dispensary, next to the Kandy Buddhist
Association ( KBA), after a prolonged illness. Dr.Nihal was the son of
Dr. G.W. Karunaratne the famous friendly doctor who served the people
of Kandy before Dr. Nihal who lived at 'Gun fire' atop and next to the
Wace Park hill overlooking the kandy lake. Dr. Nihal was really a
Royalist who played Rugby for that school in his day. But he spent two
years at Dharmaraja like many other Royalists during the WW II years
in the early Forties. He was the official Physicsian for Dharmaraja
and Trinity for a long time who treated the Hostellers free of charge,
when they fell ill. Also, Dr. Nihal was very helpful to the Old Boys
in organizing the various activities connected with the collge
Dr. Niha was a great lover of Nature and particularly of the Udawatta
Kele. He was in fact like the unofficial guardian of the Udawatta
Kele. When there was a proposal to build a Road accross the Udawatta
Kele during Mr. J.R. Jayewardene's time he got 5000 post cards by
students of Dharamaraja, Mahamaya and Trinity to the President
protesting against the project and, as result the proposal was dropped
and Udawatta Kele was saved for the posterity. Dr. Nihal had an
exercise of a walking trip through the Udawatta Kele with school
children to familiarize them of the rich vegitation of this forest and
of its value. He was never tired of escorting groups of school
children. He was very much respected by President Jayewardene.
Dr. Nihal wrote a huge book on the history of the city of Kandy. He
was also in pssesion of many important and historical maps of the
Kandy city. He was very much knowlegeable of the the history of the
Dharmaraja Principlal's bungalow where the famous English novelist D.
H. Lawrence resided on his visit to Kandy. It is a pity however that
Dharmaraja was not represented at his funereal. He is survived by his
son, Rukhsan who is also a medical practitioner in Kandy. May Dr.
Nihal's sjourn in the Samsara be short.