SujathaAttanayake is one of the most talented female singer in Sri Lanka, her melodious voice always echo in every music lover’s years despite her years long silence. If you are one of the fans of this formidable song bird, there is a golden opportunity you to listen her singing once again. Sujatha will be at the ‘NelumPokuna’ performing art theatre on 18th of May 2012 in “ Jeewanavila Meda” live concert organized by ‘Munchee’ . This is after a long silence she has come back with her everlasting collection of songs. Her absence was felt deeply when it comes to play back singing and it was about two decades after a possible successor for Sujatha was found. It is Uresha Ravihari who possesses the closet talent in singing high and low notes effortlessly.Sujatha Attanayake is the only singer with widest tonal range in Sri Lanka. According to music professionals Sujatha Attanayake is the only Sri Lankan singer with a tonal range on par with classical Indian singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Prabha Atre. Tonal range is the singer’s ability to sing notes on all three octaves on the world wide concert C. Concert C is made up of Lower Octave, Middle Octave and Higher Octave. It was her studies in North Indian (ragadhari) classical Music and South Indian (Karnatka) classical music that sharpen her voice.A significant feature of her singing is that she sang not only melodiously but also retaining the classical traits of the songs. Her performance is often beautified by her ability to generate zest out of touching on diverse colours and tones of the notes and chords. Sujatha’s first play back sing was for the film ‘Sohoyuro’ in 1956 and thereafter rendered her melodious voice to over 350 play back songs in Sinhala films and to 19 Tamil films. ‘Bondameedum’, ‘Para unamalwalasuwanda ‘,’Ada hawasatamaahamuwanumana wee’ are some of her alltime hits. She became the first Sri Lankan woman director of music when she directed music for the film Hariyata Hari.SujathaAttanayake’s exceptional talents were manifested at the audition conducted by highly reputed Indian academic Prof. Deepali Nagh. She was the only Sri Lankan singer who scored 95 marks at the audition which is the highest marks among Sri Lankan singers participated in the audition. Sujatha’s mother was a famous ‘Nurthi’ artist Wimala Kantha, and Sujatha is the third of family of Five Children. Elder sister Flori Devi is a dancer, Elder brother Visharadha Dharmasiri Perera, younger sister also a vocalist RanjaniPerera and the youngest SusilPererapercussion artist. In 1992 she lost one of her son Chanka Sanjeewa an Airforce pilot which eventually became the cause for her long silence. Heli and Sameen are her other two children who also posses musical talents. Sujatha speaks seven languages including Sinhala, Tamil, English and Hindi fluently. As a singer and musician one of her aims has been to bring about a harmonious union between classical culture and popular culture. So reserve your seats now to experience a musical evening that you will cherish for a long time. Tickets are available at Salaka, Senkada, Sarasavi Book shop and Sadeepa Book shop.
Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.
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