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C.T. Fernando


C.T. Fernando

Biography


Cyril Tudor Fernando (Sinhala: සිරිල් ටියුඩර් ප්රනාන්දු), known as C.T.Fernando (Sinhala: සී. ටී. ප්රනාන්දු) (January 28, 1921 – October 17, 1977), was a popular Sinhala singer in Sri Lanka. He entered music industry in the 1940s. He was praised by critics for the themes and wording of his songs like “Vana Bamaru,” “Bilinda Nelwa Ukule” and “Rosa Male.” His other popular songs include “Lo Ada Ninde”, “Gile Male Tarawa” and “Mariya Mawu Kuse.”
In 1952 Fernando branched out as a commercial artist signing with HMV subsidiary Cargills Company. He recorded many of his popular songs with the label including “Pinsiduwanne”, “Suwanda Rosa”, “Bara Bage”, “Ambilimame”, “Lo Ada Ninde”, “Gilimale Taruwa”, “Kimada Sumihiriye”, “Amba Ruk” and “Bilinda Nelawe Ukule”.
From 1959 to 1960, Fernando was rated the most popular singer in the country. He continued his recording career recording the LP “The Golden Voice of C.T. Fernando” with the Lewis Brown company.Popular Songs such as “Hela Jathika Abhimane”,”Ma Bala Kale”, “Sandhawata Ran Tharu”,”Ane Dingak”, “Piyumehi Peni bothi”,”Punsadha Hinehenne” a Duet with Rukmani Devi, “Sihina lowe”, “Awadhiwanna” and “Mage sudhu Mame” were included in this album. The Original Music arrangements and Direction for these songs in the album were done by the Music Legend Patrick Denipitiya. These recordings featured lyrics by Lalith S. Maithripala, Karunaratna Abeysekara, Sarath Wimalaweera and Wimaladasa Perera.
The music for some of his songs were composed by Fernando himself in addition to B.S.Perera and Patrick Denipitiya.
Fernando recorded a popular duet, “Pun Sanda Hinahenne,” with Rukmani Devi. Another duet, “Selalihini Kovul Handa,” was done with Lata Walpola. Most of his duets were sung together with Ruckmani Devi and Lata Walpola as well as Chandra de Silva. C.T.Fernando also acted in a few Sinhala movies such as Deyiyange Rate and Gamperaliya directed by Lester James Peries. He was the first Sri Lankan Artist to tour overseas with Music Director “Patrick Denipitiya and his Combo” in 1967 performing at various venues in UK,France,Italy,Switzerland, Spain and other Europe destinations during a period of 6 months.





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