Latha to dazzle again
He is a legend in the world of vocals while she is a songstress with
an inborn talent. They are none other than late Dharmadasa Walpola and
Latha Walpola who were able to capture many hearts of the local audience
within the past few decades.
“The Dharmadasa Walpola Foundation is organizing a musical
extravaganza named ‘Saumya Rathree’ on June 9 at 6.30 pm at the
Kularathna Hall of Ananda College. The main aims behind this musical
gala are to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of late Dharmadasa
Walpola, to rejoice in 66 years of the dazzling musical career of Latha
Walpola and also to reactivate the functions of The Dharmadasa Walpola
Foundation,” said vocalist Amith Walpola.
He further stated that this musical experience is going to be
different compared with earlier musical happenings. “The unique feature
of this show is that it is going to be a live performance by Latha
Walpola at the audience requests,” he added.
He also noted that there are going to be six duet presentations by
Latha along with vocalists such as Ishaq Beigg, Mario Ananda and Amal
Perera. “Altogether there will be 30 songs sung in this concert and the
music will be provided by Mahinda Bandara,” said Walpola.
According to Walpola the main features of this event would be old
hits which were sung by both Dharmadasa and Latha though there will also
be a special display of songs sung by Rajiv Sebastian in memory of
“We are hoping to keep this concert in a grandscale starting from
Colombo and later on to continue island wide,” said Walpola.
Late Dharmadasa Walpola has been a key figure for around two decades
beginning from 1945 up to 1965 in the local musical arena. He has been a
playback singer for many well-known artist. Latha started her career as
a songstress at the age of 11 by singing the song ‘Namo Mariyani’.
She first sung a duet with Winson de Silva, ‘Kandulu Denethe Wahena’
which became a major turning point in her life.
She entered the cinema singing a song for the movie ‘Eda Ra’ and she
has play-backed nearly 400 to 500 movies.
“I want to deliver my sincere gratitude to President Mahinda
Rajapaksa for establishing a foundation named Dharmadasa Walpola. Those
who are interested in having this concert in his or her village in
future can contact me for further details,” said Walpola concluding his
Speaking to Daily News, Latha Walpola stated that she is amused about
this concert and that it is a great pleasure for her to sing her
favourite hits once again in front of an audience.