The story of Madura

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By 2017-06-25

Madura Kulatunga is a talented Sri Lankan information technology engineer who has specialized skills of software developing and web developing.

He originally established his reputation as the developer of the Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary which has become the most popular electronic dictionary in Sri Lanka. Madura became well respected among Sri Lankans after releasing the usage of the Dictionary free of charge.

Madura was born in Matarain 1980 to Sinhalese Buddhist parents. And currently resides in Piliyandala. He studied at Royal College, Colombo 7 and successfully completed his Master of Science in Information Technology at Sikkim Manipal University. He is professionally qualified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

He found difficulties of using English language during his early age. This is a common problem for people who are struggling to learn a second language. To eliminate this common problem they usually refer conventional printed English-Sinhala dictionaries. But Madura understood this was a time consuming and difficult process which needed a better solution. To overcome this challenge he was determined to create an electronic dictionary which facilitates obtaining meanings of words instantly.

Finally he developed the Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary and it was freely available to the general public from 23 November 2002. Further he launched this dictionary to the internet naming it Madura Online and he became the developer of the first online English-Sinhala dictionary in the world. Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary which gained fast growing popularity is an inevitable tool for students and professionals in their academic and day to day work. The solution which Madura sought for his difficulties with English language has now become a useful solution for millions of Sri Lankan people who face the same difficulty.

The creation which has international standards, done by Madura Kulatunga during the time Sri Lanka had very low standards of information technology facilities will become a historic milestone. Many companies who were aware of the marketing value of the Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary offered high prices to buy the ownership of the entire product. Madura rejected those offers while retaining the ownership with him and providing the services free of charge continuously.

Professor Gihan Dias from University of Moratuwa appraised the creative contribution of the development for the IT field in Sri Lanka by Madura. Professor Gihan invited Madura to the "Symposium on Localised Systems and Applications" which Professor J.B. Disanayaka and several other scholars from universities participated in. Addressing the gathering Madura explained special features, technology and further improvements related to his dictionary at the symposium. The presentation that Madura had held was admired by the participants. The symposium was held at the premises of University of Moratuwain September 2009.

Due to the lack of internet usage in Sri Lanka Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary was distributed in compact disks initially. As soon as Sri Lanka was equipped with broadband internet facilities, millions have downloaded the dictionary. Without downloading, over 50,000 daily users access the Madura Online dictionary. Madura Online's android app for mobile phones is also very popular today.
Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary contains over 230,000 definitions and glossaries of technical terms covering various disciplines including medicine, science, law, engineering, accounts, arts,and so on. It can also be used as a thesaurus and a translator. These services are available free of charge on

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