Traditional folk music existed
from the very beginning of its race and it under the Buddhist
Folk Music is originated from the day to day life of ordinary people
where they sang folk poems (Kavi) as a way to pass time for the
individual groups as they engaged in their work. But these folk
poems sung as a form of cultural expression are unique to members of
different castes (farmers, cart drivers, miners, etc)
Kavi also exists that accompany folk rituals.
Viridu is another type of Sri Lankan Folk music. It involves an
improvised poem sung to the beaten melody of a Rabana – a form of
Sri Lanka has produced veteran artists who are well versed in
Late Lionel Ranwala, Mr. Rohana Beddage, Mr.W.D. Makiloluwa and Mr.
Sahan Ranwala are to name a few.
They successfully brought Sri Lankan folk tunes and melodies to
popular Sri Lankan music, preserving their originality. Late Mr.
Lionel Ranwala, whose mentor is W.D. Makuloluwa created a revolution
in the local folk music. His son Sahan Ranwala has now taken the
initiative to preserve and make people aware of Sinhala Folk Music,
following his father's foot steps.