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Mihindu Ariyaratne


Mihindu Ariyaratne

Biography


Music for Mihindu Ariyarathne was always an indispensable part in his life. He was often moved and influenced by his heroes of music; Pandith Amaradeva, Victor Rathnayaka and Kasun Kalhara since childhood. It was after his O/L’s that he picked up the guitar, and fell into a never ending love with Rock music and bands such as Metallica, Guns n Roses and Nirvana. After a few years, in 2007 as soon as he completed his A/L exams, he joined the band Nemesis which took part in the TNL Onstage 2008 and emerged as the winners of the best band category. While his musical journey continued, he entered the University of Colombo and passed out in 2012 with BSc (hons) in Industrial Statistics and Financial Mathematics.
In 2010, the release of the single “Chakithaya” was a break-through step for Nemesis as it. turned out to be an instant hit among the rock music lovers and captured the hearts of everyone over time. By 2012 Nemesis was no longer active due to other commitments of band members hence in 2013 he emerged again as a solo artist with the hit ‘Mrs.Perera’. After completion of his undergraduate studies, he worked at MAS Holdings while being a part of the bands Miracle and Freeze. In the same period, he completed his Master of Business Administration. In 2015 he decided to pursue a full-time career in music when, he joined Wayo. At the same time he also released “Yana Thanaka” which was an instant hit around the island, being the top hit in most of the charts for more than a year. Later, the tamil version of the song, also sung by Mihindu was praised by the legendary musician A.R.Rahman. Yana Thanaka was followed by more his single hits such as Thahanam Malak, Duwani, Anawakiyak, Sanda Rajini. They were equally successful on music charts and critically acclaimed.
In 2017, Mihindu was invited for background singing in the teledrama and film industry, which started with the release of Duhul nethu piyan for the tele drama Muthumalee, Bhawayen Bhawe for the film Dedunu Akase and Hamba Yamu for the teledrama Visuvius Kandu Paamula.
In the same year, the title song of his debut album Yathrikaya was released in March as the first Rock song after a long break rom rock music. This was followed by two more songs from his album, ‘Athaharena’, and then “Deshaya namin” – a song, Mihindu has been performing since 2008 when he was with NEMESIS, is also released with the album as a tribute to his mother who has been working for the Sri Lankan Army for 25 years.
Mihindu believes that his journey of music is a never ending learning curve and an opportunity to travel across many different styles, cultures and eras of music.





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