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Milton Mallawarachchi


Milton Mallawarachchi

Biography


Milton Mallawarachchi (1944–1998) was a popular Sri Lankan musician.
Mallawarachchi sang songs by Karunaratne Abeysekera, K. D. K. Dharmawardena, Premakirthi de Alwis, Clarence Wijewardena, Upali Danawalawithana, Dharmasiri Gamage, Ajantha Ransinghe, Shelton Weeraratne, Kularatne Ariyawansa, Ananda Padmasiri, Vernon Perera, Chitrananda Abeysekera, Bandara Wijetunga and Vijaya Ramanayake.
Music composer Patrick Denipitiya gave Milton Mallawarachichi’s songs such as “Ivuru Tala”, “Ma ha Eda” and “Ma Nisa Oba” a modern touch. The song “Sayura theredhi” helped him to become a huge success.
His first duet – “Bindu Bindu” – was sung with R.Chitra.
In 1974, the Ceylonese musician Clarence Wijewardena composed the songs “Gana Andure,” “Eda Rae,” “Mata Men Ohutada” and “Maga Thotadhii” for an EP release on Gemstone. Wijewardena also wrote “Awasara Natha Mata,” “Sulange Pawe,” “Thaniwi Sitinai” and “Prem Raja Dahane” for Mallawarachichi.
Mallawarachichi sang with Rukmani (1974) on “Prem Raja Dahane”. On “Pem Rajadahane” he sang with Indrani Perera and Samitha Mudukonduwa.
One of Mallawarachchi’s most successful songs was “Mai Gaha Yata” produced by Melroy Dharmaratne in 1976. It was released on the Silverline label as an EP along with “Ran Mudu” and two songs – “Andanne Epa” and “Ma Samanalayak” – by Shiromie Fernando.”
In 1978 Mallawarachchi released one of the first music audio cassettes, Anytime-Anywhere, on the Tharanga label, in Sri Lanka under the guidance of Vijaya Ramanayake.
Mallawarachchi debuted as a playback singer in the 1971 film, Poojithayo. In 1984, he was honored with the best playback singer award at the Sarasawiya Awards for “Kendan Yannam,” with Priya Suriyasena and Gration Ananda a song from Sena Samarasinghe’s Aethin Aethat. He was the main male playback singer in the movie Senakeliya which was a box office hit in 1974. Its songs included “Reyak Upadda” and duets with Indrani Perera on “Samanala Renak Se” and duets with Victor Ratnayake and CD Fonseka. The music director was Patrick Denipitiya.
Mallawarachchi was a popular live attraction; at a time when there was no TV in Sri Lanka, his appearances at variety shows sponsored by the Ceylon Tobacco Company drew huge crowds. Mallawarachchi appeared alongside the Super Golden Chimes at the Super Concert 101/102 organized by Wijewardene. The one last song he recorded is “Aga Rejiniya” on the album Senehasa Buduwak. On the last teledrama Hima Kadalla Mallawarachchi sang the song “Sanda Sulange Pawee”
In 1999 (1 year of his death) Milton Mallawarachchi sing two last movie (before the voice record by director of movie) “Mohothin Mohotha”(20 November 1998) and Re Ru (19 February 1999)
He died on 10 March 1998.





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