The most loved musician in Sri Lanka Dr. W.D. Amaradewa passed away a little while ago. He was admitted to Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital today (3rd) following a heart attack.
Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera better known by his adopted name Amaradewa,and born at Moratuwa on 5th December, 1927 was 88 years old when he passed away.
Dr. W.D. Amaradewa enriched Sinhalese music by incorporating Sinhala folk music with North Indian ragadhara music.
Pandit Amaradeva had been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan “President’s Award of Kala Keerthi” (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998). In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour; ‘Officier’.