Born in Kalutara, a town in southern Sri Lanka, Chitra Fernando was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, a Buddhist school for girls in Bandarawela, at Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Kalutara, and at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, which she entered with an Exhibition in History. There her teachers included Professor E. F. C. Ludowyk, Dr H. A. Passe, Mr Doric de Souza and Mr Robin Mayhead. She graduated from Peradeniya in 1959 with an Honours degree in English. From May 1958 to April 1960 she taught English at Visakha Vidyalaya, resigning in 1960 to join the staff of the University of Ceylon at Peradeniya as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer in the Literature department. A scholarship took her to the University of Sydney in Australia in 1961, …
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Gooneratne, Yasmine. "Chitra Fernando". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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