Published On: Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016

Veteran musician Pandit Amaradewa is no more

1844368575amare3Veteran musician Pandit Amaradewa has passed away at the age of 88, a family member told Ada Derana. Pandit Amaradewa was hospitalized this morning following a cardiac emergency. He was being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.

Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera born 5 December 1927 in Koralwella, Moratuwa, better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, was also a violinist and composer. In the mid-1950s, Amaradeva in his Janagayana project consulted experts of the Kandyan dance tradition like Pani Bharata, Kiriganita, Gunamala, Ukkuva and Suramba in his path to understand what constituted Sinhala folk music.

Pandit Amaradeva has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan “President’s Award of Kala Keerthi” (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998). In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour; Officier (officer). Notably he still remains the most popular artist as confirmed by Nielsen Media Research findings. He has also represented Sri Lanka in many forums including the UNESCO 1967.

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