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Sujatha Aththanayaka


Sujatha Aththanayaka

Biography


Kala Suri Visharadha Dr. Sujatha Aththanayaka, (Born 12 May 1942: as සුජාතා අත්තනායක), colloquially known as Sujatha Attanayake, is a Sri Lankan songstress and playback singer. She sang playback songs not only in Sinhala Cinema but also Sri Lankan and Indian Tamil Cinema. She contributed as playback singer for nearly 400 Sinhala Films and 20 Sri Lankan-Indian Tamil Films. She sang more than 6000 Sinhala Songs and more than 1000 Songs in different 8 languages. Dr.Sujatha Attanayake considered as the golden bell of Sinhala music, she holds the record for the most number of cassettes produced by a Sri Lankan songstress with more than 115 cassettes in a career spanning more than seven decades.She is the first female music director in Sri Lanka
In 1950, she song Malse Dileva for a feature program in SLBC. After school life at the age of 18, she studied at the State faculty of College of Aesthetic and then from State College of Music in 1960. At first she was a lecturer at the Kalutara Teachers Training College and then became the music education officer. She went India to complete a Masters Degree and Visharadha Exams from Lucknow College of Music in singing and playing sitar. After returning, she started to work at Radio Ceylon becoming the only female singer to perform classical music programs on Sri Lanka Radio. He retired as the Director of Aesthetic Education. In 1958 she became the first Sinhalese singer who sang a Hindi song for the program “Bal Sakha”.
In 1975, she became the first Sri Lankan music director and directed music for films such as Hariyata Hari and Sanda Kinduru. Apart from music direction, Aththanayake involved as a playback singer and radio drama singer for many years started with 1956 film Sohoyuro at the age of 14. She sung several popular playback film songs such as Jeewana Vila Meda, Maligawe Ma Rajini, Onchilla Thotili, Guwan Thotille, Herde Rasa Malige, Parawunu Mal Wala and Puthune Me Ahaganna. She recorded four playback songs for four films in one day, which is a record in Sri Lanka. The first song was recorded at Kandana S. P. M. studio. The second song was done in the afternoon at Hendala Vijaya Studios. The third song was recorded at the University of Kelaniya studio and the fourth song was recorded at Lanka Studios. She sang playback songs for nearly 400 Sinhala Films In 1979, a special music test conducted by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation won the first place in the rankings, beating all other singers.
She is the only singer to perform in India where she sang from different languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Malayalam, Marati, English and Nepali. In 1980, she had the opportunity to sing the song Subha Kamina at the President’s House when Nepal King Birendra and Queen Vimla arrived Sri Lanka. She was the first Sinhala singer to perform a Nepali song in the Asian Hindi Service. She also performed a Tamil one-man concert Swaram in Bambalapitiya as well as a Islam concert Ilampirai Geethangal in Maradana. She sung Tamil songs for 20 Tamil Films and 115 cassettes for Tamil cinema.
Her husband was the musician in some of her popular songs including Aganthuka Kurulla, Bolan Podi Nangi Tikak Hitapan, Jeewathwana Thuru Ma, Neth Wasa and Wessata Themi Themi. Apart from singing, she is a talented Katak dancer who studied under Sirimathi Rasadari. In 1985, she represented Sri Lankan cultural delegation for the SAARC Summit. In 1992, after the death of son, he launched a cassette “Yuda Bima Kandulak” to commemorate the his son’s first death anniversary.
She sang more than 6000 Sinhala songs and 1000 Tamil songs. She also involved with many popular duets including; Obe Namin “”Banda Jaya Keheli”” with Amaradeva Sandun Sihil, Adara Pujasane with Victor Rathnayake, Koho Koho Kohe Idan with Sanath Nandasiri, Bonda Meedum Kandurelle with Abeywardena Balasuriya, Chandrame Ra Paya Awa, Ghana Andakarayen Midi with H.R. Jothipala, Piruna Hada Santhane, Gangawe Neela Jale with Harun Lanthra, Madhura Yame with R. Muttusamy, Pera Athmayaka with Milton Perera and Pushpa Makarandaya with Narada Disasekara.[4][6][10]
In 2016, she composed the Sri Lanka Police theme song as music director.





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