Sunanda Mahendra’s Ogha Tharanaya (The Crossing of theTorrential Stream) won the State Literary Award for the bestSinhala poetry collection, 2006. Many poems from thecollection are now translated into English. He has won the StateLiterary Award for the best original play script (1993), the bestresearch work (2002) and the best two Sinhala novels (1964and 2002 respectively). He is a Sinhala Radio Play writer in Sri Lanka.
Mahendra was formerly a professional broadcaster at home aswell as the BBC’s World Service based in London, where he also read for his doctorate.He was a visiting fellow in Mass Communication attached to the Leicester University,UK, and presently holds the emeritus professorship at the University of Kelaniya, SriLanka. The outstanding contribution to his expertise field of Mass Communication madehim the recipient of the covetous UNESCO Copernicus award for Social Sciences in1983. He is an alumnus of Dharmaraja College, Kandy.
Sunanda Mahendra, at present, is a regular contributor to the Sinhala and English Press inSri Lanka.