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Celebrating a singing legend

Sanda Obai Piyanane musical show to commemorate Milton Mallawarachchi on his 75th birth anniversary will be held at the BMICH on March 9 at 6.30pm.

Milton is a gifted singer who rocked the Sri Lankan music field in the 70s and 80s decades with a host of love songs. He raised the bar set by his seniors on sentimental songs with a totally different presentation style and a voice that was par excellence.

Milton’s elder son Ranil Mallawarachchi accompanied by his son Pavan Mallawarachchi will sing around 30 Milton’s most popular songs at ‘Sanda Obai Piyanane’ musical event.

Renowned musician Sarath de Alwis will direct music while Kelum Srimal will compeer by bringing in nostalgic memories of the iconic singer.

Ranil Mallawarachchi is determined to take the great lineage of singing talent forward with the support of his son, Pavan. Now based in Australia, Ranil has held ‘Sanda Obai Piyanane’ show thrice in Sri Lanka before and in few other countries to receive great responses by the audiences.

Ranil in the upcoming show will focus his singing on his father’s film songs and songs Milton sang in the 90s decade. These will include, Muwa Madahase, Seetha Arane, Miyuru Pem Madirawe and more.

Pavan Mallawarachchi’s voice closely resembles a young Milton’s voice in the 70s decade. Thus he will join the bandwagon by singing popular songs of Milton in those eras such as Sayuru Theredi, Tharaha Wanu Epa, Ada Heta Oba Maa, Sadi Ran Abaranin, Oruwaka Paavena and more.

The event is organized by the Old Boys Association of St. John’s College, Nugegoda headed by Dilruk Kulasinghe in association with Milton Mallawarachchi Foundation.

Tickets could be obtained online via www.444.lk or from Sarasavi Book shops, Maharagama and Nugegoda and Sadeepa Book shop, Borella. Media sponsor of ‘Sanda Obai Piyanane’ is ITN.

Milton Mallawarchchi who is a product of Kotte Ananda Shastralaya ventured into the field of music by singing in Shakyans band headed by late Herbert Ranjith Peiris.

In 1969 Milton recorded his first song, Oruwaka Paavena to the music of Muhammad Saali which was penned by legendary Karunaratne Abeysekera. His journey in the music field flourished ever since then with an enormous fanfare.

Milton was eventually recognized as a singer with a rare screen voice. He could rub shoulders with H R Jothipala in the cinema sphere to sing for Gamini Fonseka.

In later years the song Veedi Kone…Maawatha Addara sung by Milton Mallawarachchi became immensely popular. 


 

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