A Tribute to Sathish Perera
By Sandun W - Mon Apr 23, 10:05 am
It’s with great sorrow we have to write an article about loss of another renowned artist. The famous singer Sathish Perera has passed away this morning in a private hospital. Sources close to the family stated that Sathish had been ill for over a month and had been receiving treatment at a private hospital. Sathish was aged 42 and was a father of one.
The veteran vocalist and one of the best table players late Mr.Shelton Perera was Sathish’s father. Shelton Perera was also died early at the age of 49. Kumari Sashi Perera, the mother of Sathish is an Indian. Sathis has two brothers (Sanjaya, Subash) and two sisters (Anuradhaa, Anupama). His sister Anuradha Perera is also a vocalist.
Sathish is product of Ananda college Colombo. He first entered to the music field by singing his father’s hit songs “Egodaha Yanno”,”Awasan Liyumai Obata Liyanne”after the sudden death of his father in 1989. The remixed version of the two songs released in 1991/1992 period was a hit and Sathish Perra became a crowd puller to the outdoor musical shows. He launched two music albums ‘Pem Hasuna’ and ‘Egodaha Yanno’ which were also became hits. Maha Muhudu Wimane, Egodaha Yanno, Amba Damba Naran, Mihirethi Wasantha Kale, An Hematama Wada, Suwanda Rosa Mal, Kanduluwalin Pem Hasuna Liyannata, Adareta Hadu Dun Tharam, Mee pan dee Ridee Ganna were some of the all-time hits he sung which some of them were originally sung by his father.Sathish staged the Milton,Milton and Shelton musical show with Priyankara Perera and Ranil Mallawarachchi, the three sons singing songs of yesteryear legendary singers.
Sathish Perea was a very talented singer, but could not make a name of his own by singing original Sathish Perera songs. It is tragedy face by all the other sons who sing their father’s songs. But there are quite a few who managed to overcome this situation with courageous effort , Amal Perera is a good example for that category. Jayantha and Lelum Ratnayake sons of Victor Ratnayake also refused to sing their father’s songs to build a name in the music field.
Although Sathish’s father was an award winning play back singer ( He recived the “Sarasivi” and “Presidential” awards for his song “Budune Budu Piyananae” in “Sasara Chethana” directed by Malini Fonseka) Sathis was not lucky enough to render his voice as a play back singer. Music directors also have neglected this great voice being used for their film songs and Sathish Perera was recognized as an ordinary singer during his short period in the music industry. We at Lanka Help Magazine salute this talented singer and take this opportunity to convey our heart fell condolences to the family members of Sathish Perera.
Update : Sathish had been suffering from leukemia and it is the cause of death of this young artist. Sathish Perera’s wife Dinesha Perera has confirmed this. The couple has a son named Akshin Perera. The funeral will be held at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 24, April at Boralla cemetery. The body will be taken to “Kala Bhawana” at 11.00 am from his house in Pannipitiya, Kalalgoda.