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Tharu Aes Dahasak brings Nirosha's mellifluous voice

Popular female vocalist Nirosha Virajini will launch her latest audio cassette and CD titled "Tharu Aes Dahasak" at a solo concert to be held at the BMICH on April 30 at 7.00 pm.

A new voice was born to the field of Sri Lankan music, especially in the context of Sinhala songs that were dominated by certain female vocalists.

Nirosha Virajini: trained voice

Nirosha Virajini has added a new dimension to popular Sinhala music scene with her mellifluous voice. Her song "Punsanda Reta Avidin hene Kaluwa binda...." written by renowned lyricist Ratna Sri Wijesinghe in 1995 has put her on a new pedestal.

Sri Lankan listeners who heard this new song over the radio and telecast with picture images on TV, were very much pleased with her pleasant voice.

Virajini Lalithya who later became popular as Nirosha Virajini in an interview with the "Artscope", described the way she stepped into the field of music.

"I had the ability of singing well during my primary school days at St. Anthony's Convert in Kandy and I later moved to St. Joseph's Convert in Kotahena to study for A\Ls". All my family members have a talent for music. Even my younger brother is a lead guitarist in a Western band now", she said.

Nirosha was trained by Sujatha Aththanayake, Austin Munasinghe and Sanath Nandasiri for a short time and then she left for India for higher studies in South Indian music at Kala Keshestra Academy of Music.

Nirosha first stepped into the local field of music by singing popular Hindi and Tamil songs. But the song "Punsanda Reta Avidin" was her 'landmark' in her career of local music field. However, for the past decade she had sung more than 500 songs including Hindi, Tamil and original songs composed for her.

She was the playback singer of the films "Rajya Sevaya Pinisai" and "Kinihiriya Mal" which brought her prestigious President's Award and Sarasaviya Awards for Best Female Vocalist in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

"Akala Sandya" and "Ek Mruganganaviak" teledrama theme songs were also sung by Nirosha.

She has sung songs for 25 films and 40 teledramas upto now.

"As I have to go a long way in the field of music now I am studying for Visharada exam as well.

"My main objective with this new attempt is to go round the country with my solo concert - Ek Tharu Aes Dahasak", she said.

Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, musician Rohana Weerasinghe and Bandula Padmakumara will deliver talks at the event while artistes Ravindra Randeniya, Malani Fonseka, Sanath Gunathilake and Anoja Weerasingha will speak on many aspects of her career.

The dance items will be presented by the students of Channa and Upuli Dance Academy.


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