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Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 11:22
State funeral for late Pandit W.D. Amaradeva on Saturday at Independence Square

The government has decided to hold a state funeral for maestro late W.D. Amaradeva on Saturday at the Independence Square in Colombo.

His remains will be handed over to the medical faculty of the Colombo University later.

Addressing a media conference held in Colombo this afternoon, Public Administration Minister Vajira Abeywardana said a national mourning week will be declared under the directive of the President.

Veteran musician Pandit Amaradeva was admitted to Sri Jayawardana Hospital following a heart attack at 6.40 this morning.

He was treated in the Intensive Care Unit for four hours, but passed away at 10.40am.

Maestro Pandit Amaradeva was 88 year old at the time of his demise.

The remains of Pandit late W.D. Amaradeva will lie state at the Independent Square from 10am tomorrow to 3.30 pm on Saturday.  

Minister Abeywardana said that the public can pay their last respects to the late musician at the Independent Square.  

He also requested to hoist the national flag half mast in honour of the veteran Musician Pandit late Amaradeva.

Meanwhile Releasing a message of condolence President Maithripala Sirisena noted that the entire nation grieves the demise of Pandit W.D. Amaradeva, who is notable as an eminent maestro of the 20th century and an inimitable artiste.

In his communiqué the President noted that Amaradeva is an icon of Sri Lankan nation, and belongs to the generation of intellectuals who sought the roots of indigenous quintessence.

The President’s communiqué further admired the maestro’s contribution to the local music industry and stressed that the entire nation is indebted to him.

Meanwhile, releasing a message of condolence Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe stated that Pandit Amaradeva is not only a musician and a vocalist but also an intellectual who was well versed in Sinhala literature and proficient in scores of languages both western and oriental.

The premier also noted that Maestro Amaradeva marked the end of an era, while bidding farewell to the nation.

UPFA general secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also released a message of condolence, stating that Maestro Amaradeva will remain in the hearts of Lankans eternally.


Veteran musician Pandith W. D. Amaradeva has passed away at 88.

He was admitted to the Sri Jayawardenepura Teaching Hospital this morning due to a sudden illness and was treated at the Intensive Care Unit. He succumbed to his illness there.

Amaradeva, formally known as Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera was born on 5th December 1927 in Moratuwa.

Primarily using traditional instruments like sitars, tablas and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporated Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work.

Many considered Pandit Amaradeva’s contribution to the development of Sinhala music as unmatched.

Amaradeva created a uniquely Sinhalese music style that stayed true to folk tradition while incorporating outside influences.

Pandit Amaradeva has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award, Indian Padma Sri Award and Sri Lankan "President's Award of Kala Keerthi" and the Deshamanya Award.

In 1972, Pandit Amaradeva composed the music for the Maldivian National Anthem at the request of Maldivian Government.

Veteran actor Jackson Anthony shared his touching tribute to late Pandith Amaradeva...


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