Nittawela Gunaya|Simple and humble peasant from the Kandyan Kingdom

 Renowned exponent of Kandyan dancing Kalaguru Nittawela Gunaya,bore in 1907,led the dancers at the Esala Perahera [pageant] in Kandy for many years. He had toured foreign countries 47 times and helped to establish the Kandyan dance form internationally. He was bestowed the President award and also a stamp in his honour was issued in 1976.

He earned international repute as a Kandyan dancer,without professional training of any sort,and his 'guru'was his father who was a village cultivator engaged in Kandyan dancing.