Pandith Amaradeva live in concert

Pandith Amaradeva live in concert – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – 5th December 2012 at “Nelum Pokuna”

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More than any other musician in Sri Lanka past or present Amaradeva has consistently sought to join to-gether the classical academic traditions with the best features of contemporary creative.  This he has done without showing either any misplaced reference or without reference,  to mass cultural.

Warnakawaduge Albert Perera popularly known as W D Amaradeva did not emerge as a musician after a full-blown academic education at the Bhathkanda University in Lucknow but came after years of experience in the field of Music.  He emerged as a Violinist. Director of Music for films and vocalist.

Amaradeva was born  December 5th in Moratuwa with heavy influence  in Catholism, and  also with the Baila in Sri Lanka which was borrowed from  the Portuguese in Sri Lanka in 1505 . He composed the music of “Pipi pipi Renu Natana” in Ranmuthuduwa film  using a Baila melody.  When it comes to  Moratuwa Baila  “Pun Sanda Paya Moratuwa Dilanne”  both are extremely popular over the years and these are  the songs that are sung at Parties.

As a schoolboy Amaradeva was a skillful violinist.  The violin showed the way forward in his musical activities. More than any other musician in Sri Lanka past or present, he was the master in classical music and pleased  the musical  listener from  the  poor man to the rich. It was D B Dhanapala the former Editor of Lankadeepa and Professor Ediriweera Sarathchandra who introduced him to the University environment this commenced his activities at Universities. It lasted for over fifty years him delivering lectures to the University students in the Halls of the Peradeniya University.

He always drew his music from the folk music as well as the North Indian classical music.  He is today the patron or father of Sinhalese music.  He built and rescued the Sinhala music of Ananada Samarakoon , Suriya Shankar Molligoda  and Sunil Shantha. He also saved the compositions of Mahagama Sekera, Madawala Ratnayake and Dolton Alwis.

Today Amaradeva stand at the bridgehead of modern music.  He is without doubt the farther of contemporary Music  at it‘s best . And Today “Star Events” (Sudharma Nethicumara Production) present you this Legendary  Artist Live in Concert   at Nelum  Pokuna  on 5th December 2012.


Updated : 2012-12-06

Photo Courtesy : Defence.lk – Amaradeva “Yesterday, today and tomorrow”

Secretary Defence graces “Yesterday, today and tomorrow” harmonious concert

Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the chief guest of the “Yesterday, today and tomorrow” concert held at “Nelum Pokuna” Mahinda Rajapaksa Performing Arts Theater in Colombo last evening (05th December).

Maestro W D Amaradewa is one of the most accomplished musician in the world who has excelled as a composer, instrumentalist and a singer enthralled the audiences by his wonderful vocal and musical renditions.

The musical concert was organized to felicitate Maestro Pandit W D Amardewa’s on his 85th bicentenary which fell on yesterday. Secretary Defence conveyed his heartiest wishes to the Master and also presented a gift at the event.

Veteran vocalists of the Sri Lankan music industry including Nanda Malini, Victor Rathnayaka, Sunil Edirisinghe and Nirosha Virajini also sang along with Dr. Amaradewa while Rohana Weerasinghe conducted the music for the concert. The glittering evening of melodic entertainment was sparkled with the performances of many prominent artists.

Pandith Amaradewa has been conferred with many tittles and honoured with many awards for the contractual obligation that he has done on behalf of classical music industry of the country. His voice and his name will eternally remain with all music loving Sri Lankans.

Ministers, government officials, contemporaries of Master Amaradewa, well known artists and a large number of his admirers were also present at the occasion.

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