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Last updated: 05 December, 2007 - Published 17:18 GMT
 
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Pandith Amaradeva


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Himaw Arana brings out many things that we have not known about Amaradeva and his music, it's a fitting tribute to the great musician.
Jayasena Kulatunga, Maradana, Colombo

Amaradeva's greatest contribution is the verses he sings with Vimala Amaradeva from Mahagamasekara's poetry ‘ Prabudda’. Long life maestro.
Sirnanda Silva , Pothvila, Payagala

Amaradeva is like a great mountain that's half covered with water. Each time we explore the depth a new dimension is seen. He is a saint of our time-
V. Samarasinha , Ambagahawatta,

The maestro takes beyond the meaning of lyrics.He paints a picture with music and voice.
Dayasiri Jayaweera, Anduravila, Poddala

Archive of Himaw Arana programme is a great recourse on Amaradeva.
Ranjith Rajapaksha, Peradeniya.

I’d like to show my appreciation and give a big thank you to the BBC Sinhala Service for their documentary on Pandith Ameradeva, the foremost Sri Lankan maestro of Sinhala music.

The efforts taken to deliver this comprehensive programme, I feel, to a great extent, have given us the opportunity to dive in to the variable depths of maestro’s music which speaks to your heart and soul.

When Pandith Amaradeva was awarded the Ramon Magsasay Award, a public tribute was held at BMICH, Colombo in September 2001. I was fortunate enough to attend this occasion enriched with the maestro’s timeless musical creations.

During his address, Pandith Amaradeva expressed greatest wish of hearing his music played by the London Symphony Orchestra. I think it is safe to assume that no steps towards this end have been taken.

I wonder if it is possible for the BBC Sinhala Service to make this wish a reality. In return this would be a dream coming true not only for Pandith Amaradeva but his fans too. I am sure this will also be a great musical experience to all those who appreciate classical oriental music.
Sunil Perera, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

Pandit Amaradeva is a true ambassador of Sri Lanka, he made a good name for a war torn country, a true son of Sri Lanka. Well done Pandit Amaradeva, wish you a good health and many more fascinating years.
Shan Mylvaganam London

It is in deed a pleasure to make a memorial comment through the BBC about my most favourite singer from Sri Lanka, Dr. W.D. Amaradewa. Basically, I have no words to admire the work of Maesto Amaradewa to the motherland in the means of so heartfelt way; his voice, to improve the desires of millions of listeners of higher calibre. We have to understand that he as an individual had fully performed his duty to the mankind. Taking him as The Example, what we have done so far to any sector of the human society..? Therefore, I consider we all must take him as a good portrait to follow on, to honour him with us giving the BEST as much as possible through our means of involvements; be it work, social services or art or business of what ever it comes in our way. Devoting us in this way our own missions will make Many Amaradewas, who will also be honoured whole heartedly. I wish Maestro Amaradewa a life ahead with plenty of pleasure, supreme health and huge amount of future work of his own beautiful tune and tone. May he live long, Happy and Healthy? I further wish him the blessings of the Triple Gems.
Wijitha Paranagama Japan

Great musician Amaradewa is now passing his 8o's.his whole life dedicated for to entertain others through music. He has received thousands of appreciations, awards, rewards and generous thanks by words and papers. But seems nobody inquired about his worries and needs. At least this stage, some one come forward and organise a programme to raise some funds to help him for his needs of old age. It is million times better than empty thanks. Government and music lovers should do what he need now, not after his death. Amaradewa is rich with music but poor in cash. Respect him with what he needs of the time.
Sam Perera Hong Kong

It is nice to see a leading artist /music director giving credit to another leading legend, which is not very common in the srilankan musical field.
Pushpa Niroshini Wijesekera Kandy Sri Lanka

May he live long for the whole world to hear the voice of Sri Lanka.
Tilak Ratnasekera Lutz,Florida USA

It is a great journey. He has been able to blend the Indian classical tradition with our folk tunes with great success.
S.M.Siriwardena Mahawa (from Post Bag)

There is no musician like Amaradeva. We salute you Sir!
Jagath Ravindra weerasooriya Kantale (from Post Bag)

Amaradeva has entertained us since singing his classic, 'Peenamuko Kalugange'. The song, 'Naya Nathi - Biya nathi' which he sings with his wife is a tribute to the nation.
Sirinananda Silva Pothuvila Payagala (from Post Bag)

Pandith Amaradewa, my loveliest great singer and greatest musicologist, with a golden voice. May the Noble Triple Gem Bless My great Father of the Music World.
Dharma Dharmasena, Vlissingen,Netherland

Maestro Amaradeva, voice of Srilankan hearts regardless of ethnicity, religion or tribe. Long live Maestro.

Jaliya Indika Senavirathne Northampton, UK

I treat him as a one of our heroes. God bless him and long life.

Dhammika Thanthilage Dammam , Saudi Arabia

May you live long, May the triple gems blesses you and protect you for ever.

RMS Ramanayake, Ihala Kotuwalla, Sri lanka

The program was brilliant success. I am very glad to see this great musician honoured in this way. I was especially touched by the song that was sung by Mr. Weerapuli for maestro Amaradeva. Is this Priyan same as who is in the group Pahan Silu? It is very nice to hear such young musicians performing such mature compositions.

Varuna Monaragala, Vancouver, Canada

Maestro Amaradeva, You console our spirit with your great music; you brought the glory to Sri Lanka. You are the most respected people in Sri Lanka by me and I wish you a healthy life.
Jagath Kularatne, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Very Best Wishes on his 80th Birthday,his golden voice is there irrespective of his age.
Indradasa Weerasooriya, Guildford, UK

As a Tamil and as a victim of suppression there are only a few things that I can be proud of my birthplace. I grew up with Amaradevas music and definitely his music is one of the commonplaces where I still can meet all those Srilankans who appreciate his music. I feel his divine classical music goes beyond the ethnic and religious boundaries and replaces hatred with love and peace. His ragas give me peace and I wish the same peace will penetrate all Srilankan hearts and erase the hatred and create peace just like the phrases of Lord Buddhas Dammapada. I wish you a happy birthday Maestro and wish you may live many more years as the greeting Ayu Bovan. Thank you for the music.
Sivan Ekambaparam, Denmark

He is a legend in sri lankan music culuture.
Tharindu Perera, Ilford, UK

To my ear, the best classical singer I have heard. I wish I could achieve half of that standard. Can you think of any sucessor or at least one close to you in Sri Lanka. Thank you, Maestro for your Great Contribution to Sinhala Music. My Best Wishes and many blessings to hear you for many more years.
Gamini Wijeyesinghe, The Hague, Netherlands

He is the greatest singer produced by Mother Lanka. I often listen to his songs. Even though I am far away from Sri lanka,just to hear the beautiful soothing voice of Pandit Amaradeva brings me closer to our Sri Lanka.I take this opportunity To wish him a very happy 80th Birthday. May the nobel Triple gems bless him with health and happiness for many many more years to come. Further I thank him for the lovely music which made me happy for all these years.
Piya Perera, St Laurent de mure, France

The program was a fitting and eloquent tribute to the greatest musician Sri Lanka has ever seen. I was curious to know about the singer of the song at the end. It was very beautifully composed. Is there a place to find more information about him?
Kutila Webedde, New York City, USA

Maestro Amaradeva is a great asset to the Sri Lanka.We never ever get a wonderful musician like Amaradeva.hopefully we need more music creations from this great musician in future .I wish him success.GOD BLESS YOU.
Claude Fernando, Brompton, Canada

Maestro Amaradeva not just a musician but a man with a great deal of acquired knowledge of music and born talent.This balance has been the sucess in his music journey.When I was watching his concert in Houston ,Texas 2006, I was amazed and delighted with the language he used.It was so refined elevated Sinhala language and that made me think of the beauty of Sinhala language.Also, his command in English was so perfect.He translated almost all songs into English before singing.( He was a superb tranlator too.)As a matter of fact, this is what is lacking in currunt music trend in sri lanka.Some musicians can not express themselves even in Sinhala.He never sang to people for mere enjoyment and always wanted to enlighten people in certain secular concepts.I wish him a long healthy life.
Gamini Haluwana, San Antonio, USA

He is the msot talented and the most skilled mucician we have in this country. To me I see my father in him. I wish him a long healthy life to keep continue his servieces to Sri Lankan music.
Kithsiri Pathirana, Galle, Sri Lanka

Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation was fortunate host Dr. Amaradeva in his last visit to USA in 2006. He was recognized by the Sri Lankan community with a life time acheivment award for his contribution to the music and culture of Sri Lanka. He memorized the audience with his melodious voice We wish him a long healthy and happy life.
Ananda Srilal Liyanapathiranage, Woodbury, Minnesota, USA

Welldone sir, thank you very much for entertaining us. may triple gem bless you.
Damith Jayawardene, London, UK

To my ear, the best classical singer I have heard. I wish I could achieve half of that standard. Can you think of any sucessor or at least one close to you in Sri Lanka. Thank you, Maestro for your Great Contribution to Sinhala Music. My Best Wishes and many blessings to hear you for many more years.
Gamini Wijeyesinghe, The Hague, The Netherlands

A true great artist has a quality that goes beyond his art and that is humility. That shines in Amaradeva. It was an honour to have worked with him when he sang my song " Nim Him Sewva". I salute you Maestro.
Nimal Mendis London

Very Best Wishes on his 80th Birthday, his golden voice is there irrespective of his age.
Indradasa weerasooriya Guildford United Kingdom

Maestro Amaradeva, You console our spirit with your great music; you brought the glory to Sri Lanka. You are the most respected people in Sri Lanka by me and I wish you a healthy life.
Jagath Kularatne Kandy Sri Lanka

He is a living god highly appreciated your felicitation
Sisira Gunawardena, Harrow, UK

Hon.pandith amaradeva, happy 80th birthday and wishing you long life for years to come.your voice,your music,your songs will be in our hearts and minds for generations. Pandith Amaradeva you are a " amaraneeya deviyek" long live! long live!! long live!!! Hon. Pandith Amaradeva
Sarath Jayasiriwardena, Montreal, Canada

Today, I read the article “Maestro Amaradeva: golden voice is 80” BBC Sinhala Service, with great enthusiasm. I am sending this e-mail to let you know about his new book 'Gee Sara Muwarada.'

It is maestro Amaradeva’s wish that this book will eventually become a text book in our Sri Lankan schools and universities, especially in our sinhala literature curriculum. I think, fulfilling Amaradeva’s wish is the highest tribute and accolade our country can bestow on this extraordinary human being, for the immeasurable services and precious gifts that he has rendered.
Dr Jagath Asoka, New Jersey, USA

We are the most unfortunate nation in the world who fallen from one of the richest country in asia in fifties to poorest in asia in 2007,what a funny to praise a leading musicien in our country for his 80 years living in the island of man made dissasters ,never tried to change to the united sri lanka harmoney with minorities never in his agenda with Nanda malini Me sinhala apage ratai took whole sri lankan a ride to barbaric nation.Where whole nation cry for help from this barbaric terrorists and no human rights with the government side I am not a partner to your joke,while whole country like Visala mahanuwara.
Sunil Wickramasinghe, Staten Island, Newyork, USA

Amaradevayaneni, As you have said music calm downs ones feelings and it does not rouse the feelings. You have proved it with your brilliant rhythms. We listen to you when we are gloomy, when we are joyful, and almost every occasion. Your great music takes us to a heaven and it consoles our wounded soles. Thank you for your invaluable services. I respectfully convey our warm wishes with happy and long life. You maestro will remain in our hearts for ever.
Dr. Jagath Kularatne Nagoya Japan

Dr.Amaradeva is the most talented musician Sri Lanka has ever.
Dr.Tilak Dissanayake Melbourne Australia.

I saw Pandit Amaradeva in 1976, and still get chills when I listen to him today. I especially liked the comment by Dr. Fonseka, and the song by Mr. Weerapuli. Much has been said about Amaradeva over the years, but these two individuals said things that I don't believe I have heard before. Dr. Fonseka makes an interesting point about being redundant in how we always talk of Amaradeva as a living legend, and Priyan's song offers an interesting antithesis. He has written a song that speaks of Amaradeva as a singer, and as a person, but not diminishing the talent and ability that have made him into the "legend" that people speak about today. Beautifully done!
Nimal Jayarathne Calgary Canada

The program was brilliant success. I am very glad to see this great musician honored in this way. I was especially touched by the song that was sung by Mr. Weerapuli for maestro Amaradeva. Is this Priyan same as who is in the group Pahan Silu? It is very nice to hear such young musicians performing such mature compositions.
Varuna Monaragala Vancouver Canada

May you live long, May the triple gem bless you and protect you for ever.
Ramanayake RMS Ihala Kotuwalla Sri Lanka

Maestro Amaradeva is a musical genius in the caliber of Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin. He is the golden voice of Sri Lanka in true sense of the term.
Dr. A. N. Ariyaratne Normal, Illinois U. S. A.

 
 
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