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W.D.Amaradewa

W.D.Amaradewa was a prominent Sri Lankan singer, composer, and violinist. Though many of his fans know him as just W.D.Amaradewa, his real name is Sri Lankabimana Vanakuvattage Don Albert Perera. He was born in 1927 on December 5th in Moratuwa. Due to the contribution to the local music development, W.D.Amaradewa cited as the Mastro of Sri Lankan Music.

Pandith Amaradewa was good at playing Sri Lankan traditional musical instruments such as tablas, sitars and harmoniums. Pandith Amaradewa completed his primary education in Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya and Sri Sumangala College.

However, he completed his higher studies in Kaluthara Vidyalaya in Kaluthara. After finishing the advanced level examination, he started learning Sri Lankan folk music and joined as an artist to the Radio Ceylon. He then entered Bhathhande Music Institute in 1955 and was able to win all the violin competitions.

During the 1950s, Amaradewa started the ”Janagayana Project” and was able to create a uniquely local music style that stayed well in the folk tradition. During his life, he has received numerous awards from locally and internationally. Pandith Amaradewa received a Philippine ”Ramon Magsaysay Award” in 2001, and in 2002, he received the Indian ”Padma Sri” award.

Below are the awards that Pandit Amaradewa received locally:

Sri Lankan ”President’s Award of Kala Keerthi” in 1986
Deshamanya in 1998
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Arts) in 1991
Degree of Doctor of Letters – The University of Ruhuna and the University of Peradeniya in 1993

International Awards:

” Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from French Government in 2003
”Padma Sri” from India in 2002
”Ramon Magsaysay Award” in 2001 from Philippine

Apart from above, Pandith Amaradewa composed the music for the ”Gaumii Salaam” Maldives National Anthem. After over 50 years of invaluable service to the music of his motherland, Pandith Amaradewa passed away in 2016 on November 3rd.

Adara Hangum
Adawan Wu Denethin Galana
Aradhana
Bambareku Awai
Danno Budunge
Daskon Sakisanda
Dathe Elli
Etha Kandukara
Gilem Obe Guna
Giman Harina (Adarayada Me)
Hanthana Sihine
Hanthane Kandu Muduna

Jagan Mohin
Kale Gahaka
Kandulu Kathawe
Kandulu Kiri Powa
Karadara Podi Benda
Kolom Thota
Ma mala Pasu
Ma Wawulan
Maha Wessaka
Mala Ira Basina
Me Guru Pare
Mindada Hee Sara

Muni Siripa
Nim him Sewwa
Oba Ma Samaga
Obe Namin (Swarnamaliye)
Pa Wena Nil Walawe
Paloswaka Sanda
Palu Anduru Nil
Paramitha Bala
Pera Dinayaka Ma
Pile Padura
Rae Hande Heenekin
Rathna Deepa

Re Duru Rata Me
Sanda Horen Horen
Sanda Tharu Nihadai
Sannaliyane
Sasara Wasana Thuru
Shantha Me Ra Yame
Sudu Neluma Ko
Swarna Wimaneta
Thanha Asha
Tharu Arundhathi
Thaththa Unath
Wakkada Langa
Weli Thala Athare
Wikasitha Pem

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