The Cabinet of Ministers approved the listing of the song "Danno Budunge Sri Dharmaskanda" as a national heritage based on its uniqueness, as recommended by the Special Committee appointed on the instructions of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
The song Danno Budunge Sri Dharmaskanda has been popular since time immemorial. It is a song that has continued to influence the nation's thought and aesthetic values for more than a century.
The song is from the stage drama Sirisangabo (1903) by John de Silva, which expresses the historical consciousness colored by the environment of the contemporary Anuradhapura era. The music was composed by Vishwanath Lauji.
The committee decided that there was no legal or other hindrance to make the song a national heritage. The committee has emphasized that it is not affected by the intellectual property law enforcement in this country.
The Home Affairs Ministry Secretary K.D.N. Ranjith Ashoka is the chairman of the committee, while the Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhasasana and Cultural Affairs Somarathne Vidanapathirana, Director General of the Department of Archeology Prof. Anura Manatunga, Director of Cultural Affairs Department Bhagya Katudeniya, President of Hela Haula Srinath Ganewatta, President of All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Chandra Nimal Vakistha, Literary scholar Sunil Sarath Perera, Musician Lionel Gunathilake, and Retired Ministry Secretary Kanthi Wijethunga function as members.
max Tuesday, 16 May 2023 11:44 AM
Super move. Well done. Its a song that everyone loves. The taste of that masterpiece should pass to the younger generation also.
A German Musician Tuesday, 16 May 2023 12:18 PM
Everyone should note that this song is not a song based on an original tune. It was a Bavarian (German) song sung by German Sailors when they visited Bombay during the 1st World War. The musician Visvanath Laogi copied this tune for a song when he was invited by John Silva to compose this song and a few other songs for Siri Sanga Bo Drama.
BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 16 May 2023 12:28 PM
Wow, I think this is the only achievement this fellow Dinesh Gunawardene did in his whole life time for the country which is going to make a great change to the people of this country.
Sri Lankan Tuesday, 16 May 2023 12:51 PM
Danno Budunge is not an original Sinhala song and the tune was copied from Indian music and the music was composed by an Indian Vishwanarh Lauji. Nothing to be proud.
British Buddhist Tuesday, 16 May 2023 01:01 PM
@A German Musician, it is natural many will claim ownership when something is appreciated. It is the meaning of the lyrics of this song that stands out supreme
Rob Tuesday, 16 May 2023 01:02 PM
I think Denish is the best person for Sri Lankan cultural and traditional religious affairs he does well in domestic front he can move things in right direction with history etc...
Ram Tuesday, 16 May 2023 01:25 PM
This song deserves recognition and finally it is receiving
Volker Metzger Tuesday, 16 May 2023 01:48 PM
Is the Amaradeva shown in the picture among others a singer of the song Danno Budunge Sri Dharmaskanda!? Then, and beyond that, I recommend honoring Amaradeva, who has made a very special contribution to the "classical" music of Sri Lanka!!!
S. Dharmalingam Tuesday, 16 May 2023 02:58 PM
Playing the usual tactics.. Bring amity and unity as a Sri Lankan Community. This will unite North and South well.
Adwani Tuesday, 16 May 2023 05:31 PM
What about Mohideen Baig's buddun saranam guchchamee, without which the celebration of vesak is dull.
J. Silva Tuesday, 16 May 2023 06:29 PM
This song is not a Buddhist song. It describes Anuradhapura during ancient times. The only reference to Buddhism is that time it says there were pious Buddhist monks who had irradicated 'Cravings' unlike these days most Buddhist monks who are totally opposite. The tune was a copy of a German song. As the Prime Minister has not done anything during the last 12 months, it is OK he has done something 'great' now.
Sri Lankan Wednesday, 17 May 2023 08:13 AM
Adwani. The song Buddun Saranam Gachchami sung by Mohideen Baig in the film Angulimala was originally sung by Manna Day in Hindi in the film Angulimala by the same name which was dubbed into Sinhala and proved very popular.
Daya Wimalasuriya Wednesday, 17 May 2023 08:52 AM
@Volker Metzger : Amaradeva had no part in this song - this song was sung 25 years before Amaradeva was born ! Also, if we are to honor the creator of Sinhala Music, that has to be Maestro Sunil Santha, who created the first authentic Sinhala song in 1946 by signing "Olu Pipila" song.
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