W. D. Amaradeva

Composer, Musical Artist

1927 –

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Who is W. D. Amaradeva?

Wannakuwatta Mitiwaduge Don Albert Perera in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, is a Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and a musical composer. Primarily using traditional instruments like sitars, tablas and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporates Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work.

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. Noting that it mostly revolved around a single melody, he decided to add verses that would lead up to the central melody which would now be a chorus thus forming two parts removing restrictions that had existed earlier. In doing so, Amaradeva created a uniquely Sinhalese music style that stayed true to folk tradition while incorporating outside influences. His work was vital in the creation of the sarala gee genre practiced subsequently by artists like Victor Ratnayake, Sunil Edirisinghe and Sanath Nandasiri

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Born
Dec 5, 1927
Moratuwa
Also known as
  • Wannakuwatta Mitiwaduge Don Albert Perera
  • Pundit Amarddeva
  • Amaradeva
  • Waduge Don Albert Perera
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Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Theravada
Nationality
  • Sri Lanka
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Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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