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Reflections on Karunaratne Abeysekera
« on: September 21, 2006, 07:37:49 AM »
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REFLECTIONS: A musical concert, "Sandawata Rantaru" will be staged at the BMICH on the September 30 to commemorate Karunaratne Abeysekera, popular announcer and lyricist.

This concert will be organized by the OBU of Nalanda College which is the alma mater of Abeysekera.

"During the concert, 25 songs written by Karunaratne Abesekera will be sung by 30 popular artists," said. Hemantha Prematillake Principal of Nalanda College and Chairman of the OBU.

Mr. Prematillake said this concert has been organised to honour a reputed old Nalandian who was a dynamic and popular radio announcer popularly known as "Karu Aiya" who also rendered an incomparable service to the field of music in Sri Lanka.

"Karunaratne Abeysekera invented a new linguistic vocabulary not only for the art of announcing and songs of literature but for wider use. He too maintained a cordial relationship with his alma mater from the day he left the school right upto his demise," the Principal said.

"We are organizing this concert not merely for he was an old Nalandian but he is an old boy who rendered a yeoman unite to the songs of literature. Our first test cricket captain Bandula Warnapura is also an old Nalandian so is. His excellency the President of Sri Lanka. We decided to honour Karu Aiya who is also a renowned Nalandian," said Major General Sheaman Kulatunga, Deputy Chief of Staff Sri Lanka Army and Vice President of OBU Nalanda.

Vocalist Latha Walpola who said in that it is appreciable that such a concert has been organized by the Nalanda College to reflect on the exemplary life of Karunaratne Abeysekera.

She said that she has sung about 550 songs for the films and more than half of them have been written by Karu Aiya.

Daya Abeysekera, brother of Karunaratne Abeysekera said that Henry Jayasena, Stanley Jayasinghe, Gunadasa Amarasekera and Ridgeway Thilakaratne are his contemporaries at Nalanda. All of them have reached heights in one field or the other.

"I remember Karu Aiya singing Virudu which added colour to an Ananda-Nalanda big match. He was known for his inimitable style of Virudu. He was a poet and a member of "Aganuwara Tharuna Kavi Samajaya."

His world was Nalanda College and the Broadcasting Corporation and nothing else. The following vocalists will sing songs of Karunaratne Abeysekera at the musical concert of "Sandawata Ran Taru".

Nanda Malini, Latha Walpola, Victor Ratnayake, Sanath Nandasiri, Malkanthi Nandasiri, Priya Sooriyasena, Edward Jayakody, Dhanapala Udawatte, Ishak Beg (songs of Mohideen Beg), Priyankara Perera (songs of J. A. Milton Perera), Ranil Mallawarachchi (songs of Milton Mallawarachchi), Susil Fernando (songs of M. S. Fernando), Priyantha Fernando (songs of C. T. Fernando), Sisira Senaratne, Indrani Wijebandara, Chandrani Gunawardena, Sujatha Attanayake, Ranjani Perera, Mohan Raj, Indrani Perera, Dayaratne Ranatunga, Amara Ranatunga, Narada Dissasekera, Haroon Lantra, H. R. Jothipala's songs (Thilakasiri Fernando) and other singers.

In this media conference, the following personalities also shared their views. Deleepa Abeysekera, son of Karunaratne Abeysekera, Kingsley Ratnayake, Director Sirasa Programmes, Premasiri Nanayakkara, Secretary Nalanda OBU, Dr. Athula Gamage, Chief Organizer, Nalanda OBU, D. U. Amarasinghe Tressurer, Indrani Abeysekera, beloved wife of Karunaratne Abeysekera who graced the occasion was among the other large member participants at this most fitting event.

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