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Sunil Edirisinghe


Sunil Edirisinghe

Biography


Patikirige Sunil Jayapreethi Edirisinghe (Sinhala:සුනිල් එදිරිසිංහ; born 19 December 1949) is a Sri Lankan classical musician. Edirisinghe won the presidential award for playback singing in 1983 for “Maya Miringuva Pirunu Lo Thale” from Adhishtanaya. He was awarded the Swarna Sankha Award for playback singing in 1988 for “Thurulaka Hurathal” from Mangala Thagga and in 1990 for “Walakulak Gena Muwa Karamu” from Saharave Sihinaya. He has also won the Sarasaviya Award for playback singing in 1988 for “Thidasa Pure” from Sandakada Pahana and in 2002 for “Poronduwa” from Poronduwa.
After completing his secondary education in 1969, Edirisinghe began working for the Government Printing Corporation. He debuted as a playback singer that year singing “Sandakada Pahana” for his brother Satischandra’s film Matara Achchi. The song was composed by Victor Ratnayake and written by Wally Nanayakkara.
Edirisinghe studied music at Visharada P.V. Nandasiri’s Academy of Music and University of Laknaw, India in the early 1970s. In 1975 Edirisinghe graduated with first class honors from the prestigious Bhathkhande Academy of Music in India. He joined the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation soon after. In 1980 Edirisinghe released his first cassette Chandra Mandala.
To celebrate his 70th birthday, he has organized a felicitation ceremony will be held on 19 December 2019 at 3 pm at Sri Lanka Foundation Institution. Meanwhile, a book titled The Spiritual Tune of the Sunil with a scholarly exploration of what he has done with singing is published by Samudra Wettasinghe. Another book, written by Pushkara Wanniarachchi under the title Sunila Siritha – Sunil Edirisinghe Divi Sariya.





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