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Last updated: 05 December, 2007 - Published 13:36 GMT
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Enriching influence
Maestro Amaradeva
Amaradeva in concert - Photo by Lal Hegoda

Maestro Amaradeva says that if you can pay back in your own coin you have unlimited currency in the world of culture.

Commenting on his work, Amaradeva says that Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore had influenced his creations through out his long journey of music.

"The sign of the greatness in Great Genius is his enormous capacity to borrow, very often without knowing it. He has unlimited credit in the world market of culture. It is the mediocre who is afraid and ashamed of borrowing for he cannot pay them back in his own coin.” he quotes Rabindranath Tagore,

Melodic Lines

Explaining how he explored the charm of music in a manner that struck a chord with Sinhala listener Amaradeva quotes American music professor Joseph Machlis, who found that the melodic line follows the natural infl ictions of the language.

“Vocal music reflects the speech pattern of a nation and is rooted in the native soil.” says Amaradeva quoting the literary critic professor Joseph Machlis.

Language of emotions

Amaradeva says music is basically a language of emotions and that the inflictions of a language are closely reflected in the music of that nation.

Is this the secret of Amaradeva's creative mission that has touched the soul of so many?

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