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Pundit’s ascent from tunes to authorship

What would eminent singer and composer Pundit W. D. Amaradeva compose? Tunes, songs or some music. In fact he is compiling a book these days. The book is about how Amaradeva composed his melodies and related incidents associated with them .

The 80-year-old singer is taking a well deserved rest and his health is more or less affected, The In Tune learns. The artist is planning to launch his book in September to coincide with the International Literary month. He is assisted by lyricist W. A. Abeysinghe who wrote the evergreen Sinhala classic “Adawan Vu Denethin Galana”, in composing the book.

The book will provide information about master composer’s selected tunes, 25 of them, and how they came to be created and stories that gave vent to their manifestation.

The singer had commenced composing the book on a request made by Jagath Ashoka a Sri Lankan live in New Jersey, America, who had pointed out the importance of producing such a book for the joy of his fans.

The book will be a treat to his fans. It will also be a reference book for those who study his music.

Amaradeva had won Magsaysay Award in 2001 for his contributions to Sri Lankan music and his extensive service rendered to the music field and its uplift.

Just as much the composer Rev. Fr. Merceline Jayakody did much to bring Sri Lankan culture into church music of Sri Lanka, W. D. Amaradeva brought Sri Lankan culture into North Indian classical music.

Above all Amaradeva has been an honest musician. I remember contacting him over the phone from the editorial of our sister newspaper Sunday Observer in August, 2001, to ask him about his being recognized for the Magsaysay Award, whereupon the artist said that he was happy to have been nominated for an internationally acclaimed award and to bring honour to the motherland. Amaradeva said that he had never done music with a desire to win awards.

“To be honest, I did it for my self satisfaction like most other artists,” he said.


“Dawn of Peace” Concert at Emmanuel Church

The Senior Guild of Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa will present ‘Saamaye Arunalu 2’ (Dawn of Peace II) a


Project Committee of the concert are E. Perera, Clinton Fernando, Asoka Peiris Viraj de Mel (seated from L to R), Miran Peiris, Mohan Peiris, M. de Mel and Tilak Perera (standing from L to R).

 musical concert on Saturday September 1 at Holy Emmanuel Parish Hall from 6.30 p.m. Among the artists featured in the concert are Lankika of Golden Chimes, Annesley Malawana, Keerthi Paskuel, Mariazelle Goonatilake, Anil Bharati, Merril Fernando, Anuradha Mendis, Clinton Fernando, Thilak Perera & Isuri Andrew. Dancing sequences by Kanani and Jayagra dancing troupes.

Hemaka Fernando will compere the show. The proceeds of the concert will go to the proposed Sunday School New Building fund and the scholarship fund.

The scholarship will be given to children in need, the organisers said.

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