He is the Assistant Director of the Information and Publicity Division, Ministry of Plan Implementation, and a member of the Indian Administrative Service of Sri Lanka. He has been involved in program production for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, and currently coordinates communication development activities for his government. His particular interest is in the relation between growth and mass media systems and progress and change in social, political and economic systems. Mr. Colombage is also a writer and has published a novel and two anthologies of short stories, some of which have been translated and published internationally. He holds a B.A degree from the University of Ceylon (1967).