Amara Sara Arana
A Tribute to Pandith Amaradeva

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Pandith Amaradeva: the maestro in Sinhala Music

  amaradeva_14.jpg (8742 bytes) This is a tribute to a master musician whose contribution to the music scene in Sri Lanka spanning a period of more than five decades has been an incomparable one. His music has been the most influential force in forging what could be called a truly Sri Lankan music with a unique national character and identity. At a time in the past when Sinhala music was at crossroads, his music provided the necessary direction and infused it with a fresh vigour. From that time onwards his musical creations have captured the hearts of several generations of music lovers, both young and old. It would not be an exaggeration to say that hardly a single lover of Sri Lankan music can be found who has not fallen under the spell of the smooth, velvet-like and yet deep and resonant, voice of his. Perhaps his greatness lies in his ability to create a range of emotions in the listener with that richly expressive voice of his which immediately 'transports' the listener to a world of his own. Firmly rooted in the rich musical traditions of the land, Pandit Amaradevas repertoire of musical compositions displays an astonishing variety. For thousands of Sri Lankans living abroad specially, his music has brought nostalgic and often poignant memories of the motherland. This son of the soil is truly a gift of the gods to the nation.

- Introduction by  Stanley Fernando


25-06-2004 - Amara Piya Sara to be held at BMIC on 15th July 2004 at 7 PM

Amara Piya Sara

The best creations during Pandit Amaradeva's career spanning six decades will be presented at a unique concert to be held at the BMICH Wednesday 15 July 2004 at 7 p.m. Titled 'Amara Piya Sara' (Footprints of Amaradeva) the concert will feature the most memorable creations throughout his career.

"A memorable flashback on a long career" is how Pandit Amaradeva describes the show.

The concert will provide a rare opportunity for audiences to taste the best from Amaradeva's renderings over radio and television as well as from concerts, films, drama and ballet.

05-12-2003 - Birthday tribute to Amaradeva

05-12-2003 - President greets Amaradeva on birthday

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, in a personal message of birthday greetings to Pandit W.D.Amaradeva today, wished him courage, health and long life to produce millions of creations.

The message said: "From the bottom of my heart I convey my warm greetings for a happy birthday to you today, the day, you pass yet another one year in the journey of life.

"The invaluable service towards the nurturing and progress of Sri Lankan music during a period of nearly six decades in the past, is unsurpassable and beyond dispute. Your excellent contribution to music in Sri Lanka and your creations have received worldwide acclaim winning numerous international awards much to the immense pride of Sri Lanka.

"As a great Sri Lankan musician who placed national imprint on the world music, I wish you more courage more capabilities and health to produce millions of creations throughout many more years to come."

03 August 2003 - My passion is to create an opera', says Amaradeva

o2-October 2002 - Pandith Amaradeva appointed Chancellor

Maestro W.D. Amaradewa has been appointed as the
Chancellor of the North Western University of Sri Lanka

09-April 2002 - President Kumaratunga honours Amaradeva

08-April 2002 - Amaradeva felicitation in Parliament complex

27-March 2002 - Amaradeva to sing in London on 21st April 2002

19-March 2002 -I'm like a fish - Pandith Amaradeva

28-Jan 2002 - Pandith Amaradeva Awarded Padma Sri by President of India

Sri Lankan music maestro Dr. W.D. Amaradeva has been conferred the decoration of Padma Sri by the President of India on the occasion of the Republic Day of India

31-July 2001 -Pandith Amaradeva awarded with prestigious Magsaysay

12-Feb 2001 - Amara Sara Arana celebrates the first anniversary of formal launch

Amara Sara Arana completes its first year of operation today after the formal launching ceremany held at Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka on 12 th February 2000. At the ceremony the Amara Sara Arana was presented to Pandith Amaradeva as a tribute to his contribution to Sinhala music.

During the event Pandith Amaradeva received a mutimedia computer with internet accessas as gift from Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd. Managing Director of Link Natural Products Dr. Devapriya Nugawela presented it to Pandith Amaradeva.

Special thanks should go to all who helped organising the event, IESL and their staff, Link Natural Products and all the well wishers who were present at the event.

Pandith Amaradeva could now be reached via e-mail on

04 - Jan 2001 - Amara Sara Arana - The  EDITORS CHOICE - 

"This well-maintained site is a tribute to the master musician W. D. Amaradeva, whose contribution to the music scene in Sri Lanka spanning a period of more than five decades has been incomparable. You can find his songs, lyrics, high-quality photos and various articles written about him in other media. If you are a Amaradeva fan, this is a must-visit site, because there is wealth of information about this great musician. Kudos to Malitha Wijesundara, its creator."

04 - Jan 2001 - Added two new articles from Sunday Observer.

24 - July 2000 -  Live Recordings of Amara Gee Sara in Edmonton on 8th July

18 - Apr - 2000 - Registration of 

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