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H R Jothipala


H R Jothipala

Biography


Hettiarachchige Reginald Jothipala (Sinhala: එච්.අාර්.ජෝතිපාල; 12 February 1936 – 7 July 1987) was a prolific playback singer in the Sinhala cinema. He also worked as an opera singer. He died in July 1987 at the age of 51 years and 5 months. Jothipala lent his voice to all classes of actors ranging from Eddie Jayamanne, Boniface Fernando, Baptist Fernando, Ananda Jayaratne, Gamini Fonseka, Roy de Silva, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Sanath Gunathilake, Tony Ranasinghe, Ravindra Randeniya, Joe Abeywickrema, Oswald Jayasinghe, Tissa Wijesurendra and even several of the young generation of actors like Ranjan Ramanayake, Kanchana Kodituwakku, Shashi Wijendra, Lal Weerasinghe in Sri Lanka.
Jothipala was the undisputed choice in films that were made in the late sixties and through the seventies, the period during which he also began to act. Though Jothi was criticised for singing to the tunes of popular Hindi songs, particularly of Mohammed Rafi, he also sang under the batons of P.V. Nandasiri, Premasiri Khemadasa, Sarath Dassanayake and Milton Mallawarachchi.
He sang in hundreds of films including popular hits like Kasthuri Suwanda, Thushara, Sweeep Ticket, Hitha Honda Minihek, Kawuda Raja, Hondata Hondai, Wasana, Sangeetha and others. The award-winning singer also played some memorable roles in films including Ethulweema Thahanam, Sulalitha Sobani, Sujeewa, Sukiri Kella, Abirahasa, Bonikka, Shanthi and his own production Sumithuro’and “Obai Mamai”.[8]
Jothipala died in the first week of July in 1987.





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