Sinhala songs

“A LIFE IN DREAMS” – By Des Kelly

Now, “A life in dreams”,(heena walata panak thibenawa),

featuring Sri Lankan Singer/Songwriter Senaka Batagoda, and his daughter, who accompanies her dad on guitar, sings with him and presents a pretty picture, to compliment the you-tube clip which I hope my eLanka readers will enjoy.


These video clips from Lanka are ample proof of the loads of talent emanating from my lovely Island home at the moment. It seems that the entertainment industry over there keeps on getting better and better with each passing year. I know, for a fact, that the “Sooriya Village”, in Havelock Town(I believe), has got the facilities to cater for any International Artiste or Band, not only for “recording” purposes, but also for residing & rehearsing their music on the same premises. I did have the pleasure of knowing the

“Founder” of Sooriya, Gerald Wicramasooriya & his lovely Lady, &, as a matter of fact, my first original “hit” Dreamworld, was first marketed & sold via the Childrens’ bookshop, in the Fort, owned by Gerald W. & his wife. Both have now “passed-on” , but Gerald’s dream of the Sooriya Village is still alive & well.


I did try to get more information on both Senaka and his young talented daughter, Sareena. Unfortunately, none was forthcoming, so far, but seeing that both are already featured on you-tube, I have decided to feature both father and daughter on eLanka, and hope that thru our top website these Artistes (with more to come as well),will gain more publicity than ever. Senaka & Sareena are an excellent combination, so here’s hoping & wishing both of them, only the very best for the future. Lankan/ Aussies please enjoy:-




Desmond Kelly

   Star of eLanka


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The Drink – 3D – By Desmond Kelly

My dear eLanka readers, one & all, this “video-clip” featured for your enjoyment (only), is not 3 dimensional.

However, forget the foreign “lingo” imprinted on this Masterpiece and please only remember that my song, recorded a few years ago was the “hit” Wadakaha-sudhiya”, or, “The Drink”, as I “titled” it, for the “kalu-puka Suddhas” who followed me to Australia & then completely forgot the wonderful ” Sinhala-language” after being resident here for about 10 minutes. 

     “Stop carrying on like a bloody 2 bob watch, Des & tell us your reasons for this brief “title”.

“O.k, o.k, men, don’t get your amuday in a knot and I will tell”

     “3D” stands for “Dwarf Daniel & Dezabel” (she looks a bit of a Jezabel, but then, who cares?”. Sometimes, even I get my “spelling” wrong !.

     The first part of my song, like many of the “Singlish” ones I have written, always explains what the song is about, in Oxford English.(I pride myself in the use of our Queen Elizabeth’s English), then, of course, there is the “pure” Sinhalese, I can still read, write, & sing in. 

     The “chorus” of  “the drink” for all you new Lankan Aussies who want to “sing-along” with me, means exactly as it sounds. 

“Bivwa neda wadakaha sudhiya (she drank this crazy drink)

“Bivwa neda wadakaha sudhiya (means same bloody thing)

“Anay magay Emily-panay, kiyanda ko attha anay

“Please, anay, my Emily-life, tell me the truth, anay

“Bivwa neda wadakaha sudhiya ( do I have to keep repeating myself”)?,

     Just, as a matter of interest, folks, ANOTHER GROSS VERSION of this same song, sung by the same great singer (guess who)?, is now circulating in Australia.To the unknown producer,  all I can say is, ” If you want to “repeat” these ” classic-clips”, always try to bring your viewers something different. Try to show that you are just a little more intelligent than you look, and try not to be incognito.


Desmond Kelly

   Star of eLanka


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