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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Creative Spot - Another TM Song by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorala

"Sithin ma nosale" is another lovely song originally sung by T.M. Jayaratne. In this clip, Speedy has done justice in creating his own version.

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7 comments:

  1. Mahen,
    I like the song. Having been in the UK for over 40 years and not speaking in Sinhala over that time (not having a Sinhala speaking wife) my language is in a poor state. I wish I can understand every word of the lyrics which sound so lovely and evocative. It is wonderfully expressive and you sing it so well and with much feeling. I like the images of my beloved country which uplifts my soul and warms my heart. Thank you for keeping me entertained on a dreary winter morning.
    ND

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  2. ND, Just wait till you hear Speedy's rendition of the Amaradeva hit "Nim Him Sevva".

    Coming soon!

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  3. Speedy you have a beautiful voice and you sing beautifully
    Unfortunately I am in the same boat as ND - not having spoken Sinhalese for
    Over 40 yrs and hardly having heard it I have lost it altogether and couldn't understand the words but really enjoyed the singing and music thanks

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    1. So glad that you like it Rohini. As you and ND said, our generation, especially those of us who have been away for so long, have a problem with full comprehension of Sinhalese, especially the language used in lovely songs and even in news broadcasts.

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  4. To really appreciate good Sinhala music, you should be able to understand the lyrics, just as much as you like the tune. As we all know, this applies to western music as well. It's nobody's fault that some of you out there have had to be away from the country of your birth for so long. As ND always says, it's nothing but one's own DESTINY. With his binding interest in Sinhala music, I doubt very much that Speedy has lost touch with the language completely. Personally, it's a matter of great relief for me in my twilight years, that I have not (and never wanted to) severed connections with my motherland.

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  5. My Sinhala is not that bad but the language has moved on since my days in SL. I know that "Sithin ma nosale" doesn't mean the Xmas Sales are cancelled. My Sinhala is better than my Cantonese. It hasn't yet come to the stage that I need English subtitles in the video clips. Mahen, never mind the jargon, We enjoy your contributions immensely. I love your rendition of that Nat King Cole favourite "Smile" on YouTube. Brings glorious memories of my mis-spent youth. Keep smiling!!
    ND

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    1. Of course I agree with all. Sometimes I miss out enjoying music to the fullest as I don't follow the lyrics, and this applies to English songs too! To me, emphasis has been on melody as long as I can recall. My Sinhalese is not bad at all and I have no difficulty wahtever in conversing generally but the language on News and TV is very different from what I was used to, it is more "gamburu" language as our language is quite distinctively marked by colloquial vs formal expression. I remember at Matale, I was always impressed how Lionel Samarasinghe used to give talks in fluent "gamburu" Sinhala (he still does that!). I wasn't aware how my enunciation of some Sinhals words have become a bit anglicized! Of course we will never forget our Motherland and what it made us.

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