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Nanda Malini (born August 23, 1943) whose unmatchable deep voice started a new chapter in Sri Lankan female classical music context is undoubtedly the most talented Sri Lankan female singer who is often compared with country's most respected singer Pandith Amaradewa.
She has gained her praise and popularity and won her 11 Sarasaviya Awards and 8 Presidential Awards for Best Singer.
Malini was born to a rural family of nine in Lewanduwa in Aluthgama. She moved to Kotahena in Colombo as an adolescent and was admitted to Sri Gunananda Vidyalaya where she came under the tutelage of T. N. Margaret Perera. After winning a poetry contest, Malini was taken to Radio Ceylon by Perera and sang "Budu Sadu" on Karunaratne Abeysekera's popular programme Lama Mandapaya.
Malini continued her training after achieving fame, learning under B. Victor Perera, studying for a year at Heywood and moving on to Bhatkhande Music Institute at Lucknow, India 1963. She would later return to the University to obtain a Visharada degree in 1984. Upon her return to Sri Lanka, Malini appeared on Amaradeva's programme Madhuvanthi singing "Sannaliyane" and "Ran Dahadiya Bindu Bindu."
Malini has had a string of successful releases: Perada Maha Re, Pahan Kanda, Sathyaye Geethaya, Hemanthayedi, Tharuka Es, Pavana, Sindu Hodiya, Kinduriyakage Vilapaya, Madhu Bandun, Tharu, Malmada Bisau, Cinema Geethavalokana, Kirimadu Vel, Londonyedi Geyu Gee, Yathra, Handahami, Sanka Padma, Pembara Lanka, Kunkuma Pottu, Gramaphone Gee, Araliya Landata, Malata Renu, Nilambare, Sari Podittak and Pirith Pen.Her choice of lyrics depicts realistic life situations, and most intricate, love, human relationships and emotions.
"Pipunu Male Ruwa", "Sudu Hamine" and "Kada Mandiye" attest to her endless efforts to expose the hearts of women. some of Nanda's popular songs such "Manda Nawa Karanawa", are a humorous and sensitive account of a young woman's experience of loneliness.
In 1971 Nanda Malini collaborated with Pandit W. D. Amaradewa in the Srawana Aradhana musical concert. In 1973 she started her first solo concert and after Having 530 shows, the series ended on May 22, 1979. In August, 1981 she start another concert ‘Sathyaye Geethaya’.
She held 500 shows till August 1984. She conducted next solo musical concert named Pavana in June, 1987 which run 18 months with 205 shows. After 22 years her newest solo musical concert titled ‘Shwetha Rathriya’ hold with collaboration with Sirasa FM in 2010.
Some of her very popular songs are listed below for the referral.
Aadaraye Wedanawa Hadata Danunu - click here
Aalaya Wan Manaram - click here
Ammawarune - click here
Ase Madura Jeewanaye Geetha - click here
Buduni Jesuni Nabi Nayaka thumanee - click here
Deno Dahak Dena - click here
Dingiri Amma - click here
Dola Langa Guru Para Dige - click here
Hada Wila Kalambana - click here or here
Handa Hawun Hande - click here
Jesu Swami Daruwane - click here
Kada Mandiye Dola Aine - click here
Kap Suwahas Kal - click here
Komala Thalen - click here
Kumari Bambasara - click here
Kurutu Gae Gee Pothe - click here
Lowama Epaa wee - click here
Mage Deshaya Mage Agama - click here
Mage Sanda Oba - click here or here
Mage Sihinaya - click here
Manda Nawa Karanawa - click here or here
Mulu Nuwarama Nidigath - click here
Muni Nandana - click here
Nilambare Sudu Parawi Ran - click here
Nona Nanawanam - click here
Obai Ramya Sanda Kirana - click here
Perada Maha Rae - click here
Premaya Nam - click here
Ran Kenden - click here
Rata Karawanta Nam - click here or here
Raththaran Duwe Mage - click here
Ridee Pahan - click here
Sande Kaluwara - click here
Sukiri Batillange - click here
Sulan Kapolle - click here
Tharuda Nidana Maha Rae - click here or here
Wandanawe Yamu - click here
Wede Sungande - click here
Yanawanam Ane Man Aran - click here
Yowun Wasanthe - click here