“I will not sing Jothipala songs for money” the famous heartthrob Sirasa Super Star singer Surendra Perera said many a times to media. But he has broken his promise very recently with the release of his newest album “Me Jeewanaye” with M Entertainment. Surendra’s second solo album ‘Me Jeewanaye’, consists of some of the most popular and sought after songs of the legend H.R. Jothipala including “Diya Kinduriya se sagare”, “Villuda punchi depa”, “Dulika”,”Nidi nethi re”. The song “Diya Kinduriya Se”,was reproduced by Surendra and made even more popular in an era after Jothipala and was a hit among Sri Lankan music lovers, and also was a proof of Surendra’s artistic capabilities.
The release of the album brought up mixed comments among the music lovers, especially because H.R.Jothipala’s name was not mentioned anywhere in the album. It was Surendra who has to face all the high criticism and said,
“Actually I don’t like to talk about it; I have sung those songs because my fans requested me to do so in numerous occasions. They love both H.R.Jothipala and me very much and they know I will do no harm to this music legend. My fans have embraced this album and I’m receiving lots of positive feedback from them, so why should I hear what others say?”
“It was Sarath de Alwis who invited me to do this album because both Jothipala’s and my fans believe it is me who can sing Jothipala songs better than any other artist.”
Commenting on Jothipala’s family member’s negative attitude on others singing Jothipala songs; and not mentioning his name in the album;
“I’m not the producer of this album, I only had to think of Jothipal’s and my fans which I did. After all it is Jothipala fans who have SMS me to come to the finals of Sirasa Super Star so I have full filled their request.”
“Why should I be blamed about not mentioning his name in the album? I’m not the one who creates the cover. I have done my part to the fullest which is singing. I’m fed up with this criticism, am I the only one who sing the Jothipala’s songs?”
Surendra Perera is an artiste whose name has become more than common in any Sri Lankan household. Surendra began his musical career after being placed second in the coveted title of Sirasa Super Star, and since then he has not looked back. It has been just over two years since the release of his ever popular debut album ‘Vahi Pabulu’, and he shows no signs of slowing down.Currently over 20,000 units of his albums sold, island wide, and his second album “Me Jeewanaye “ is bound to reach greater heights.
“ I can make a living and stay on top in music industry with my own music, my first album “Vehi pabalu Sali” was a hit and the particular song remain top in almost every local music charts for couple of months. If my fans request I continue singing H.R.Jothipala songs”
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