Legendary Sri Lankan singer and composer Pandit Amaradeva passed away on 3 November 2016 following a cardiac arrest. He was 88.
He had been the recipient of many international honours including Padma Shri for his contribution to music.
About Pandit Amaradeva
• Pandit Amaradeva was born as Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera.
• He drew inspiration from classical Indian ragas as well as Sri Lanka’s own rich traditions of folk music and went on to create Sinhala music.
• He was considered to be the creator of a unique music style which was later practiced by artists like Victor Ratnayake, Sunil Edirisinghe and Sanath.
• He represented Sri Lanka in many forums including the UNESCO Manila Symposium in 1967.
• He also composed the music for the Maldivian National Anthem (Gaumii salaam) in 1972 at the request of Maldivian Government.
• He received several awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Padma Shri (2002) and Sri Lankan President’s Award of Kala Keerthi (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998).