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Victor Rathnayake brings ‘Sarasa’ concert on Saturday


Dr. Victor Rathnayake who has been soothing the hearts and souls of music lovers for more than five decades, is one singer who is still in demand not only in Sri Lanka but in many parts of the world too. Having conquered the world with his hit ‘Sa’ solo musical concert, Victor took a brief respite by giving it a pause a couple of years ago. But the demand for Victor’s songs still continue to be growing immensely. And the good news is that Victor will be back with a novel musical concert titled ‘SARASA – Mage Nowana Magema Gee’ on Saturday, March 24 at 6.30 pm at the BMICH.

“This is a tuneful tribute show held with the objective of extending my gratitude to singers and musicians who are not amongst us today. Though they have departed, their creations will never die. I chose songs I made for singers who are no more today and also songs that late musicians had created for me. This is a novel concept and it was conceptualized by the Victor Rathnayake Prathibha Pranama Parshadaya comprising some distinguished members,” the veteran singer told Daily Mirror Life Impulse.



“I will sing songs set to tune for me by late musicians like Pandith W. D. Amaradeva, R. A. Chandrasena, Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa, Sarath Dassanayake, Somadasa Elwitigala, M. K. Rocksamy, Stanley Peiris, Somapala Rathnayake, Punyasiri Mahawatte, D. R. Peiris and Mervyn Perera. They are no more today, but the beautiful songs they made for me are immortal. On the other hand, as a musician, I have made the melodies and musically composed songs for other singers too. At Saturday’s show I will sing songs made by me for other singers who are also not amongst us today. Among the singers to whom I made songs were Pandith W. D. Amaradeva, Rukmani Devi, Sisira Senaratne, H. R. Jothipala, M. S. Fernando, Milton Mallawarachchi, Milton Perera, Abeywardana Balasuriya, Vincent Premasiri, Freddie Silva and others,” said Victor.


“This programme will be a tribute to all my music world colleagues who associated with me in these creations. I also recall the good times I shared with them during those musical missions.”

Victor will indeed mesmerize the BMICH audience when he sings Dethun Wathawak, Ganga Ennako Ganga, Kumariyaka Paa Salamba Saluna, Mangala Maldama, Sundarathwayen Piri Sonduruma Sihine, Kundumanee, Raja Kirulu Palandapu Rajjuruwo and other hits that he made for other singers.

Among the creations that other musicians made for Victor are Linden Wathura Beela, Gigiri Geetha Rawe, Adara Poojasane, Jeevana Suwandak Danenawa, Sonduriya Obage Uawana Malak Nam, Arundathi Tharakawa Se, Ithin Eeta Passe, Adawan Desin, Miyuru Kalpana, Koheda Koheda Ape Lowak, Mama Tharaha Ne, Soka Senasum Wednawan and others.

Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe will direct the music for show while Saman Athaudahetti will be the compere. Kasun Sounds will be in charge of the sound engineering. Samitha Mudunkotuwa and Nirosha Virajini will join in the duets.

“This programme will be a tribute to all my music world colleagues who associated with me in these creations. I also recall the good times we shared together  during those musical missions,” said Victor on a grateful note.


On March 24 at 6.30 pm at the BMICH. Tickets available at Sarasavi Bookshops, Sadeepa Bookshop, Surasa Bookshop Colombo 10 and Salaka Senkada.



Text: Ramesh Uvais

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