The A Grade songstress who sang this evergreen hit sung about 50 years ago and hundreds of other gems like Anothaththa Wila, Beddapura Sudu Redda Wage, Adara Charika and Senkadagalapura, is on the verge of completing 60 years in music.
But this senior artiste Visharada Amitha Wedisinghe who has also served as a music teacher for several decades, is yet to receive due recognition in the country’s media.
“I started singing early in 1954 for an amateur Radio Ceylon programme before moving on to the Lama Pitiya segment, largely due to the association we had with veteran Ananda Samarakoon who was related to my mother. His brother Berty Samarakoon encouraged me to sing. Even my mother could recite poems well. It was Berty Samarakoon who took me to Radio Ceylon which was the sole anticipation for any singer,” she said.