M. K. Rocksamy
Composer, Film music contributor
1932 – 1988
Who was M. K. Rocksamy?
Rocksamy was born on September 13, 1932 to a musical family and initially learned to play the tabla and the saxophone. Rocksamy is credited with introducing the saxophone to the Sinhala Oriental Music Orchestra of Radio Ceylon. He turned his attention to the violin after taking lessons on Carnatic music under teacher Sangaralingam. He joined Radio Ceylon as a violinist in 1953 and participated in several of R. A. Chandrasena's programs. His first recording with the organization is said to be a guitar part on a Susil Premaratne song.
Rocksamy became involved in film work after coming in contact with R. Muttusamy of the Sundera Murugan Studio in Kandana. Rocksamy was asked to contribute to the soundtrack of several films made at the studio beginning with Bandara Nagarayata Pemineema. In 1962, he got the opportunity to play a bigger role directing three songs for Shanthi Kumar's Sansare after its original music director B. S. Perera died.
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