Veteran singer and musician Pandith W. D. Amaradewa, who was admitted to the Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital this morning following a heart attack, passed away a short while ago, the hospital sources confirmed.
Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera, known by his adoptive name Amaradeva was a vocalist, violinist and composer. Born in December 5, 1927, he is considered to be the creator of a unique music style which was later practiced by artists like Victor Ratnayake, Sunil Edirisinghe and Sanath Nandasiri.
A recipient of numerous awards, Amaradeva won the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan "President's Award of Kala Keerthi" (1986) and the Deshamanya Award (1998). He has represented Sri Lanka in many forums including the UNESCO Manila Symposium in 1967.
Pandit Amaradeva composed the music for the Maldivian National Anthem (Gaumii salaam) in 1972 at the request of Maldivian Government.
Comments - 76
Ranil Perera Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:12 PM
What a massive contribution he made for us. What a musician. May he rest in peace.
cheers Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:13 PM
End of a legend and you will be sadly missed by all sri lankans and thank you for being a true sri lankan
Jaya Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:17 PM
RIP, My deepest Condolence
Senthil Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:19 PM
May his soul rest in peace
Yeti Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:19 PM
Another icon gone.'It's a sad, sad situation and it's getting more and more absurd'- Elton John.
Jagath Leanage Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:19 PM
We are so proud to have a music legend similar to Pandit Amaradewa. Undoubtedly he is unmatched to any musician in Sri Lanka . Very sad . May he attend supreme bliss of nirvana .
RW Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:27 PM
Ma Mala Pasu Solon Kothe Duk geeyak liunu Manavi-Duk Geeyak Liunu Manavi.... via DM iOS App
Gamini De Alwis Saturday, 05 November 2016 12:05 PM
Pandith Amaradewa was a national treasure.
Pramod Fernando Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:35 PM
May you attain Nirwana!
Saman Nanayakkara Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:36 PM
The space he left would not be filled for centuries. May he attain Nibbana!!
Atugoda. S.B. Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:47 PM
A Sad Day for our Motherland. .May he be born again among us until the day dawns for the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana, for the great being.
mahsen Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:52 PM
"swarna maliye ! Obe namin saya badimi swarna maliye"Please do something to remember this man
Kadmin Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:54 PM
R.I.P. Amaradeva the legend.
impi Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:56 PM
Madiya Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:59 PM
"Adawan u thenethin" , " Sadungahe saman welack" , my favorite melodies from the time of my school days . These melodies and voice is immortal . Once again Sir, Good bye and thank you!
Chandima Abeysinghe Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:00 PM
Really a lost to Sri Lanka. so sad..
Madiya Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:02 PM
I lived overseas for many many years. After returning I still enjoyed seeing him sing on TV. I thought he was immortal . I was wrong and we all are mortal . Good bye Sir!
KATUS Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:03 PM
WD is a true legend cannot be replaced.
Asanka Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:06 PM
Very sad. What a legend. May he attain nibbana!
Badur Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:08 PM
The country sadly misses the doyen of music.
Mahinda Leelaratne Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:12 PM
We can't imagine that our great artist is no more. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!!!
ANTON Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:13 PM
" MAA MALA PASU SOHON KOTHEY ..... DUK GEEYAK LIYANU MANAVA......."
Mohamed Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:18 PM
Legendary signer whom i loved since my child hood. I still remeber the song " Pre dawsaka ma pem kala youwathiya siya puthu nalawana wa...." . When I look back now the value these songs have cannont match with any of new songs..Most of Sri Lankan do not the value of this singer
no name Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:02 PM
always bless him
Pakcales Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:19 PM
May you attain supreme bliss of Nibbana!! You are a great legend. Your loss will immensely effect us all. We are all temporarily here and that given time you have done and brought mother Lanka a great pride! Thank you very much indeed for your generosity
Sad Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:22 PM
Sasara wasana thuru... Niwan dakina thuru...
Nina Kamal Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:28 PM
I can cry an ocean..... Nim Him Sewwa Ma Sasarei... RIP my soul shall cry when you sing!!
Madiya Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:35 PM
He will be remember for generations to come . No one need do anything .He voice and mellody will do it.
Tony Azeez Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:55 PM
We will miss you Sir, I listen to your songs when ever I can before I go to bed. It soothes me. I am in LA far away from my motherland your songs keeps me attached to home.May the good lord bless you.
rizwan Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:44 PM
kaveesha Friday, 04 November 2016 12:04 PM
Dear sir, how can mother srilanka bear loss of a great son of her..., we miss you sir, your name is immortal in our hearts..." Sasara wasana thuru niwan dakina thuru pin ketha hela ran derene Yale upadinnata hethu wasana wewa...!! " sir amaradewa, bless with nibbana!! Mother Lanka love you... And as a srilankan love you forever! A great legend that never dies!!!!!
Mevan Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:49 PM
He had a unique style of singing and a captivating voice. An artist who cannot be replaced. May you attain nibbana.
Ruchira Cumaranatunga Friday, 04 November 2016 12:09 PM
Pandith Dr. Amaradewa was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from University of Ruhuna considering his valuable and unique contributions to Sinhala music, song, culture, and many more. He also contributed to the Ruhuna University anthem for which Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne contributed with lyrics. Pandith Dr. Amaradewa will always live within our hearts and live among Sri Lankans of all ages for many more years to come. May He Attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
Lover of Song Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:54 PM
So many good comments but there was no one by his side when he really needed them by his sick bed Now even our politicians will do their best to score a mile or two first by worshipping the dead body in front of TV Cameras When he was living no via DM Android App
dot Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:01 PM
Maa Mala Pasu Sohon kothe Duk geeyak liyanu menawi
Sanath Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:14 PM
He was an Icon in the field of music. It is a immense loss which cannot be filled. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Hemasiri Friday, 04 November 2016 12:27 PM
You are cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Entire nation is proud of you.
Praveen Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:18 PM
He is the legend of the music. Our parents and us are lucky to be with that legend. But Im sad to say our children's have no luck to do so.'Sasara wasana thuru.. niwan dakina thuru.. pinketha hela rana derane... yali upadinnata...... hethu wasana weewa... hethu wasana.....Our deepest sympathies
Janaka Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:23 PM
"Nim Him Sewwa Ma Sasare".... You will live among our hearts forever, your voice is talking to us in many ways.We will remember your voice and many meaningful songs you sang over the years...God bless your soul.. R.I.P.....Legend... True legend... Sad moment for true Sri Lankans those who know the deep meanings of my language....
Legends are one offs. You don't get them everyday and everywhere. You can't replace them.
vithura Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:33 PM
May his soul attain permanent peace!
Athula Ranasinghe Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:34 PM
The void created by his demise can not be replaced decades and decades. Honoured Sir, your unparalled contribution to the nation is certainly commendable.
mervin de silva Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:00 PM
Amaradeva was a special gift to Sri Lanka. Such iconic figures are very rare - and we were fortunate. He was in the same league of the giants that India was blessed with - Rabindranath Tagore, Ravi Shankar and Satyjith Ray. Amaradeva wil be remembered for being fiercely original with an indomitable spririt to nurture and preserve our musical style, with his unique talents of singing and music composition
ms Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:04 PM
maa mala pasu sohon kothe duk geeyak liyanumenawananaadunana obage ath akurin liyanu menawaduk geeyak liyanu menawaduk geeyak liyanu menawa
S.Abeyratne Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:10 PM
He gave Peace in Mind to thousands of true Music Lovers.May he find Real Peace in his Mind eternally.
Muheed Jeeran Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:18 PM
Sri Lankan Music Legend Died but his legacy continues to be live forever
kan Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:40 PM
Unbelievable. I still remember the TV news when he received padma sri award in India and was looking so smart and humble person. A life well spent for the entertainment of others. RIP.
Pf Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:50 PM
Though he died he will never go out of our hearts.True legend of Sri lanka music. He was a true lover to Sri Lanka.National mourning should be given for him.May God be with him via DM Android App
Lawry Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:53 PM
Real gentleman, humble and friendly despite his greatness. May his soul rest in peace.
Fayis Lye Friday, 04 November 2016 05:40 AM
RIP great man.
SK Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:02 PM
My greatest sympathy! ! A real loss for Sri Lanka. May his soul rest in peace...