Sunday, April 22, 2018
Creative Spot by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale
Sasara wasana thuru
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This song by Pandit W.D. Amaradeva is one of my favourites.
Pandit W D Amaradeva or Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera before he took the name of Amaradeva is one of Sri Lanka's most respected musicians. He is a violinist, singer and composer. He died in November 2016 at the age of 88 and achieved many honours and awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan "President's Award of Kala Keerthi" (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998). In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour; Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was influenced by another great Sri Lankan musician, Sunil Shantha. It is a singular honour to sing this song.