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Pandith Amaradewa no more

2016-11-03 11:32:06
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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

  • Maduka Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:35

    He was a legend!! May he attain supreme bliss of nibbana!!

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    Sarath Thursday, 3 November 2016 18:09

    He is a National ICON of Sri Lanka.

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:37

    Shocking news... Great lost for SriLanka... our deepest sympathies.

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    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:38

    Oh my God.... we lost another Legend.

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    German Jacob Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:39

    Let his soul rest in peace with God.

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    chandika Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:40

    may you attain nibbana.............

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    Chryshan K Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:41

    One of the greatest musicians Sri Lanka ever produced. Rest in peace.

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    Deiyo Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:44

    The great man is no more. Sad.May he attain Nibbana !

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    Praba Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:48

    OMG

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    Kaboos Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:52

    Another great musician gone. May his soul rest in peace.

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    Robert Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:52

    Pandith Amaradewa was a national treasure. The country should declare a week long mourning period. This is the greatest loss since the independence.

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    Sampath Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:54

    Very very sad to hear this. May he rest in Peace.

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    Hran Thursday, 3 November 2016 11:57

    A long journey of a true Maestro comes to an end. Farewell sir!!!

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    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:07

    Yes; end of an era. Inevitable but how nice if he lived a little longer and sang few more with young talents, just like the song with Umaria.

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    I mad Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:08

    True legend RIP sir. via DM Android App

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    Madiya Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:10

    That is very sad news and I am lost for words. The meddles he sang will linger with me for ever and also for generations to come. Good by Sir!. May he attained "Nirvana" !

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    Ranil Perera Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:12

    What a massive contribution he made for us. What a musician. May he rest in peace.

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    cheers Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:13

    End of a legend and you will be sadly missed by all sri lankans and thank you for being a true sri lankan

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    Jaya Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:17

    RIP, My deepest Condolence

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    Senthil Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:19

    May his soul rest in peace

    Reply : 0       5

    Yeti Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:19

    Another icon gone.'It's a sad, sad situation and it's getting more and more absurd'- Elton John.

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    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:19

    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 .

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    RW Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:27

    Ma Mala Pasu Solon Kothe Duk geeyak liunu Manavi-Duk Geeyak Liunu Manavi.... via DM iOS App

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    Pramod Fernando Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:35

    May you attain Nirwana!

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    Saman Nanayakkara Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:36

    The space he left would not be filled for centuries. May he attain Nibbana!!

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    Atugoda. S.B. Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:47

    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.

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    mahsen Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:52

    "swarna maliye ! Obe namin saya badimi swarna maliye"Please do something to remember this man

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    Madiya Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:35

    He will be remember for generations to come . No one need do anything .He voice and mellody will do it.

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    Kadmin Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:54

    R.I.P. Amaradeva the legend.

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    impi Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:56

    Ayyoo

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    Madiya Thursday, 3 November 2016 12:59

    "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!

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    Chandima Abeysinghe Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:00

    Really a lost to Sri Lanka. so sad..

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    Madiya Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:02

    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!

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    KATUS Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:03

    WD is a true legend cannot be replaced.

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    Asanka Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:06

    Very sad. What a legend. May he attain nibbana!

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    Badur Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:08

    The country sadly misses the doyen of music.

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    Mahinda Leelaratne Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:12

    We can't imagine that our great artist is no more. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!!!

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    ANTON Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:13

    " MAA MALA PASU SOHON KOTHEY ..... DUK GEEYAK LIYANU MANAVA......."

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    Mohamed Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:18

    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

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    Pakcales Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:19

    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

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    Sad Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:22

    Sasara wasana thuru... Niwan dakina thuru...

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    Nina Kamal Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:28

    I can cry an ocean..... Nim Him Sewwa Ma Sasarei... RIP my soul shall cry when you sing!!

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    rizwan Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:44

    RIP

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    Mevan Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:49

    He had a unique style of singing and a captivating voice. An artist who cannot be replaced. May you attain nibbana.

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    Lover of Song Thursday, 3 November 2016 13:54

    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

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    dot Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:01

    Maa Mala Pasu Sohon kothe Duk geeyak liyanu menawi

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    Sanath Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:14

    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.

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    Praveen Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:18

    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

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    Janaka Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:23

    "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....

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    Asanka Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:24

    සසර වසන තුරු.. නිවන් දකින තුරු.. පින් කෙත හෙල රන් දෙරනේ යලි උපදින්නට වේවා හේතු වාසනා... ඔබට නිවන් සුව...

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    Nuwan Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:31

    Legends are one offs. You don't get them everyday and everywhere. You can't replace them.

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    vithura Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:33

    May his soul attain permanent peace!

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    Athula Ranasinghe Thursday, 3 November 2016 14:34

    The void created by his demise can not be replaced decades and decades. Honoured Sir, your unparalled contribution to the nation is certainly commendable.

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    mervin de silva Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:00

    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

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    ms Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:04

    maa mala pasu sohon kothe duk geeyak liyanumenawananaadunana obage ath akurin liyanu menawaduk geeyak liyanu menawaduk geeyak liyanu menawa

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    S.Abeyratne Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:10

    He gave Peace in Mind to thousands of true Music Lovers.May he find Real Peace in his Mind eternally.

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    Muheed Jeeran Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:18

    Sri Lankan Music Legend Died but his legacy continues to be live forever

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    kan Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:40

    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.

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    Pf Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:50

    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

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    Lawry Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:53

    Real gentleman, humble and friendly despite his greatness. May his soul rest in peace.

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    SK Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:02

    My greatest sympathy! ! A real loss for Sri Lanka. May his soul rest in peace...

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    Citizen Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:09

    SASARA WASANA THURU,,,NIWAN DAKINA THURU,,PINKETHA HELA RANDERANE YALI UPADINNATA HETHU WASANA WEVA,........

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    Mahinda Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:10

    He was the best singer ever.But no more. sri lankawe maha phana nivegiyawagi. pinketha ran derane yali upadewa!!!!

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    V.I.S.Jayapalan Poet and Actor Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:22

    On behalf of the Tamil speaking Poets writers and artists, I bow my head and salute to the memory of the great master of our time. Long live the memory of the great legend Pandith Amaradewa

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    Dayawathie Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:23

    Rest in Peace Pandith Amaradeva.

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    Darshana Siriwardene Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:36

    " Sasara Wasana turu Nivan Dakina turu " my favorite song , one of the greatest songs of Srilankan music.May he attain Supreme Bliss of Nibbana .

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    damithw Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:57

    One of the greatest Musicians we ever had..Sir you contributed to your mother land immensely ..Your name will be in the literature for next thousands of years..RIP..

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    Wewala Thursday, 3 November 2016 17:24

    "MAA MALAPASU SOHONKOTHE DUKK GEEYAK LIYANU MENEVI"

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    kumari Thursday, 3 November 2016 18:02

    Sad. May he attain Nibbana!

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    no name Thursday, 3 November 2016 21:02

    always bless him

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    Tony Azeez Thursday, 3 November 2016 21:55

    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.

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    Fayis Lye Friday, 4 November 2016 05:40

    RIP great man.

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    kaveesha Friday, 4 November 2016 12:04

    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!!!!!

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    Ruchira Cumaranatunga Friday, 4 November 2016 12:09

    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.

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    Hemasiri Friday, 4 November 2016 12:27

    You are cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Entire nation is proud of you.

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    Gamini De Alwis Saturday, 5 November 2016 12:05

    Pandith Amaradewa was a national treasure.

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