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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.

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  • 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....

    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.

    Muheed Jeeran Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:18 PM

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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    vithura Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:33 PM

    May his soul attain permanent peace!

    Nuwan Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:31 PM

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

    Asanka Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:24 PM

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

    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

    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

    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.

    dot Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:01 PM

    Maa Mala Pasu Sohon kothe Duk geeyak liyanu menawi

    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

    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.

    rizwan Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:44 PM


    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.

    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!!

    Wewala Thursday, 03 November 2016 05:24 PM


    Gamini De Alwis Saturday, 05 November 2016 12:05 PM

    Pandith Amaradewa was a national treasure.

    Hemasiri Friday, 04 November 2016 12:27 PM

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

    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.

    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!!!!!

    Fayis Lye Friday, 04 November 2016 05:40 AM

    RIP great man.

    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.

    no name Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:02 PM

    always bless him

    Sarath Thursday, 03 November 2016 06:09 PM

    He is a National ICON of Sri Lanka.

    kumari Thursday, 03 November 2016 06:02 PM

    Sad. May he attain Nibbana!

    Sad Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:22 PM

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

    damithw Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:57 PM

    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..

    Darshana Siriwardene Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:36 PM

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

    Dayawathie Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:23 PM

    Rest in Peace Pandith Amaradeva.

    V.I.S.Jayapalan Poet and Actor Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:22 PM

    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

    Mahinda Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:10 PM

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

    Citizen Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:09 PM


    SK Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:02 PM

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

    Lawry Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:53 PM

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

    Robert Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:52 AM

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

    Senthil Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:19 PM

    May his soul rest in peace

    Jaya Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:17 PM

    RIP, My deepest Condolence

    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

    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.

    I mad Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:08 PM

    True legend RIP sir. via DM Android App

    Madiya Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:10 PM

    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" !

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:07 PM

    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.

    Hran Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:57 AM

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

    Sampath Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:54 AM

    Very very sad to hear this. May he 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.

    Kaboos Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:52 AM

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

    Praba Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:48 AM


    Deiyo Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:44 AM

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

    Chryshan K Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:41 AM

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

    chandika Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:40 AM

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

    German Jacob Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:39 AM

    Let his soul rest in peace with God.

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:38 AM

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

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:37 AM

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

    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!

    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

    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

    ANTON Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:13 PM


    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!!!

    Badur Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:08 PM

    The country sadly misses the doyen of music.

    Asanka Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:06 PM

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

    KATUS Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:03 PM

    WD is a true legend cannot be replaced.

    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!

    Chandima Abeysinghe Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:00 PM

    Really a lost to Sri Lanka. so sad..

    Maduka Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:35 AM

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

    impi Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:56 PM


    Kadmin Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:54 PM

    R.I.P. Amaradeva the legend.

    mahsen Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:52 PM

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

    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.

    Saman Nanayakkara Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:36 PM

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

    Pramod Fernando Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:35 PM

    May you attain Nirwana!

    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

    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 .

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