Hundreds of journalists from ANCL and other print and electronic media houses paid their last respects over the last two days to Chamara, who revolutionised local print journalism with his innovative ideas. Among those who visited his residence to pay their last respects were ministers, politicians, artistes, academics and professionals. President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera had expressed their condolences.
Chamara had a circle of friends within an outside journalism who admired his down-to-earth attitude and easygoing personality. Chamara was the founder Editor of the nascent Resa newspaper, the latest venture of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited.
Before joining the ANCL a couple of years ago, Chamara had worked for Lakbima and Rivira newspapers, where the respective managements noticed his innate journalistic brilliance. Chamara was given the reins of Resa after a brief stint with ANCL flagships Silumina and Dinamina.