Ajantha Ranasinghe

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Ninda Nena Rathriye, Me Ayurin Api Sansare, Bonda Meedum Kandurelle, Willuda Punchi Depa, Wila Meda Olu Nelum, Idda mal Kathawe, Palu Susane, Duhul Meedume. Sihina Nelum Mal, Dedunnen Ena Samanalune, Me Mai Gaha Yata, Re Pel Rakina Kurahan pehena Hene, Pemathura Wengum, Wikasitha Pem Pokuru Piyum, Api Ayeth Hamu Nowuna nam, Duras Wannata me Lesin, Suwanda Danee Denenewa, Keena dang mitak, Pokuru Pokuru mal Senakeli, Ruwan Wala wimane, Sirima Bo Meda, Nirwana Swarna, Rankenden Bendi, Mage Lowata oba wadina thura, Paloswaka sanda Payanu wenne, Bodhiye viharaye, Deega noyan Raththarane, Raththaran Pem Purane….

These songs alone, of the thousands penned by versatile wordsmith Dr. Ajantha Ranasinghe would speak volumes of his calibre. The man who gave life to words, the man who gave rhythm and melody to his verses breathed his last at the National Hospital last Saturday, marking the end of an illustrious career as a journalist, author and Lyricist.

The award-winning lyricist who penned songs for more than 300 Sinhala movies, worked with almost all popular music directors and singers in the country while he was known for the power of love he depicted in his creations. Hs passion for writing started from his schooldays when he joined the Sarasawathi Mandapaya of Radio Ceylon conducted by Karunaratne Abeysekara. Later he joined Lake House and served several weeklies later becoming the Navayugaya editor.

Dr. Ajantha Ranasinghe married A Grade Radio Ceylon singer Sarojini – who was incidentally the daughter of pioneer Sinhala songstress the late Kokiladevi Weeratunga. His remains now lie at his son’s residence No. 11/4, Ranasinghe Mawatha, Hiripitiya, Pannipitiya. It will lie at the SLBC premises in Colombo 7 from 12 noon to 3 pm today.