Sri Lanka’s veteran musician Pandit Amaradewa no more


Veteran singer and musician Pandith W. D. Amaradewa, who was admitted to the Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital this morning following a heart attack has passed away at the age of 88.

He was being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.

Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, was a veteran Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and composer.

Primarily using traditional instruments like sitars, tablas and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporates Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work.

Many consider Pandit Amaradeva’s contribution to the development of Sinhala music as unmatched.

Pandit Amaradeva had been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award, Indian Padma Sri Award and Sri Lankan “President’s Award of Kala Keerthi” and Deshamanya Award.

In 1972, Pandit Amaradeva composed the music for the Maldivian National Anthem (Gaumii salaam) at the request of Maldivian Government.

In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour; Officier (officer).

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