KOSALA DILRUKSHI AN INSPIRATIONAL VOCALIST HAVING WON THE COVETED TROPHY IN ITN’S SWARNA SAMMANA 2006/2007 – by Sunil Thenabadu Kosala Dilrukshi Adhikari  is an inspirational vocalist with innate talent sans any hereditary affiliations, who is devoted to her craft. After a successful secondary education at the Mayurapada  Central College in Narammala  (school had produced many accomplished vocalists. In year 2015 in Derana Season VI the runner up was Yasoda Priyadarshini while in year 2020 in season 09 the runner up was Nuwandika Senaratne)Likewise Kosala Dilrukshi was also  student who brought laurels to her school by  winning the coveted trophy been adjudicated the best female singer in the ITN television organized “ Swarna Sammana contest 2006 /2007. In this competition there had been many competitors  selected from many districts with only twelve selected for the final.The adjudicators had been all prolific personalities in the music field  like Pandit WD Amaradewa, Dr Premasari Khemadasa,Victor Ratnayake, Latha Walpola, ...

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Visharada Neela Wickremasinghe’s heavenly voice signals tonal decorated artistry – By Sunil Thenabadu   Visharada Neela Wickremasinghe’s voice bears a signature Sri Lankan female voice, at the same time, possessing the attributes of a versatile South Asian singer, has been employed with facility in songs which music motifs were derived from diverse traits of music in equally diverse musical traditions.  Throughout her trailblazing career, Neela preserves her signature Sri Lankan female voice, particularly when she sings songs with Western melodies. At such times, she is extraordinary in her ability not to be influenced by Western, Hindustani or folk music motifs. She wanted to be faithful to the expectation of the song and to exploit to the peak the sentimental and emotive properties of the melody, thereby, generating zest and sound perceptions in the minds of listeners. Neela had sung duets with legendary WD Amaradeva, Dr Victor Ratnayake,Milton Mallawarachchi , Somathilaka Jayamaha,Kamal Addaraarachchi, Kapila ...

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SEWWANDI RANATHUNGA, CELEBRATED MODEST, COMFORTED VOCALIST TWO DECADES IN EFFERVESCENT VOYAGE IN FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu The characteristics needed for a renowned singer are a good singing voice,self confidence, passion  for music, commitment . patience, determination, discipline which are all possessed in abundance by Sewwandi  Ranathunge. Though not sung many songs is a household name among all Sri Lankans locally and internationally who follow music. Her Father is late Wijeratne Ranathunga the leading exponent of Tabla a composer and senior lecturer in music while mother is vocalist Visharada Nirmala Ranathunga hailing from a widely renowned musical family in Sri Lanka.Her eldest sister is Malkanthi Peiris married to renowned singer the present chancellor of Visual and Performing Arts university Sangeeth Nipun Sanath Nandasiri.Her younger sister is celebrated vocalist Niranjala Sarojini married to late Abeywardena Balasooriya, while her younger brother is the famous musician, conductor of music ,table maestro Visharada Manoj ...

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Visharada Neela Wickremasinghe’s heavenly voice signals tonal decorated artistry By Sunil Thenabadu Visharada Neela Wickremasinghe’s voice bears a signature Sri Lankan female voice, at the same time, possessing the attributes of a versatile South Asian singer, has been employed with facility in songs which music motifs were derived from diverse traits of music in equally diverse musical traditions.  Throughout her trailblazing career, Neela preserves her signature Sri Lankan female voice, particularly when she sings songs with Western melodies. At such times, she is extraordinary in her ability not to be influenced by Western, Hindustani or folk music motifs. She wanted to be faithful to the expectation of the song and to exploit to the peak the sentimental and emotive properties of the melody, thereby, generating zest and sound perceptions in the minds of listeners. Neela had sung duets with legendary WD Amaradeva, Dr Victor Ratnayake,Milton Mallawarachchi , Somathilaka Jayamaha,Kamal Addaraarachchi, Kapila ...

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Thilak Hapugoda: Legend in music business-by Gamini Akmeemana Source:Dailymirror Does the name Thilak Hapugoda ring a bell? It should, to anyone even remotely connected to the 1990s’ vibrant pop music scene, for Thilak revolutionalised our sound and staging systems and brought them on par with international standards. His untimely death at age of 43 in 2001 was a great loss the Lankan world of music.   The decades 1960s to the 80s was a golden age in Lankan music of all genres, the vital technology of getting this music live across to the crowds was lagging behind During his extensive travels, he studied new technology and developments in music, attending the London music fair in 1996 also visiting France, Singapore and Japan to gain more know-how. As his 20th death anniversary falls on Oct. 18, this is an attempt to recapture all that he did for music and musicians, stepping ...

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