The first Tamil literary figure who composed in Sinhala was Acarathammal (18th century). The first Sinhala literary figure was probably Ravi Varma (18th century). The first Sinhala literary work was Viharayatanaya (famous as Aruma Oya) written in the 18th century by Sri Nanarajah.
Tamil literature achieved high esteem in regnal times of King Vira Siva II of Kotte in the 18th century. The Tamil language had an influence on Sinhala literature in other ways as well: the rich oral tradition and folklore of Sri Lanka provide an excellent storehouse of Sinhalese mysteries and legends that have provided numerous stories for poets and writers. The most famous example is the legend of the Kalu Vibhandi, who is said to have rescued Rhuddhepeyyah from a sore predicament; the legend of the death of Poramaduwa, the son of the Maha chieftain Viriya Sila the giant founder of Kandy; the vast repertory of tales of Amsa Paladyar (Sinhala: ශාඳ පොනු); and the many poems associated with the Buddha, e.g., 'Chandana maratana'.
Sri Lanka is one of the few countries that had an independent theater system during the colonial era. Sri Lanka was so dominated by the British colonial government that the drama scene of the local people was manipulated along the British lines. The first notable playwright of Sinhala in the colonial era may have been Kuikuru Bandara de Zoysa, who is credited for having written an adaptation of Count Roland and related tales. He was found to have been influenced by the French theater. 7211a4ac4a