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Gunadasa Kapuge

Gunadasa Kapuge (August 7, 1945 – April 3, 2003) was a legendary Sri Lankan musician. He was well known among Sri Lankans due to the philosophical background of his music renditions and lyrics selected for his work. Kapuge's one man show called "Kampana" was a historical advent of the Sinhala music industry.

Early life

Kapuge was born on August 7, 1945 either in the village of Miriswatte in the Galle district or in the tiny village of Thanabaddegama in Elpitiya. Being the second of eight siblings, he attended Karandeniya Central College up to grade five and the latter part at Dharmasoka College in Ambalangoda, where he initially studied science before switching to music.

In 1963, he left Haywood college of music, where he was studying at that time, to follow a degree course in India. In late 1960, Kapuge joined the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and in 1969 he worked as an operational assistant and in 1975 started out as a programme producer. In 1981 he was appointed in charge of the music section of the Rajarata Sevaya and later on promoted to the position of the controller of the station.

Rajarata Sevaya is one of the provincial radio stations of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He later married Prema Withanage in 1978.

Music career

Kapuge's initial release was titled "Daesa Nilupul Thema" in 1973, which became an instant hit. After which, Kapuge was quoted as a 'Grade A' vocalist by the Radio Ceylon. Thus the three decade long music career of Visharada Kapuge began.

The first stage drama for which he provided background music was "Thuranga Sanniya" by Sugathapala De Silva. Since then he provided background music for the highly popular musical "Tharawo Igilethi" by Lucien Bulathsinhala and several other. His first movie background music gig was for the Stanley Perera's "Sandha." In 1980, Kapuge released his first music compact cassette titled "Dhampatin Laa Sandha" featuring Malini Bulathsinhala.

Kapuge staged a one-man musical show titled "Kampana" during the 1990s and also released a cassette and CD with the same title.


On returning from a tour of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Visharada Kapuge had a fall at the Bandaranaike International Airport whilst disembarking a shuttle bus. He sustained injuries on the back of his head.

He was taken to the medical center at the airport at around 4.30 AM where he was given saline. After initial treatment, he was to be taken to the Colombo National Hospital. However, there was no male nurse available to assist.[1] Visharada Gunadasa Kaupuge later died at Colombo National Hospital.

He son Mitra Kapuge continues to sing his father songs.


  • Swarna Sanka Award - Best Vocalist - 1996
  • Vishwa Prasadini Award - 1996
  • Sarasavi Awards - Best Vocalist - 1996
  • Rasa Sangeetha Award - Most Popular Singer - 1997
  • Presidential Award - Best Playback Singer - 1997
  • Sarasavi Award - Best Vocalist - 1997
  • OCIC Award - Creative Music Direction - "Bawa Duka" - 1997
  • Presidential Award - Best Vocalist - 1998
  • Sarasavi Awards - Prasada Pooja Award - 1999

Some of Gunadasa Kapuge's most popular tracks are listed below for the referral.

Abisarikawange - click here or here

Ahasa Usata Naga Giyata - click here
Aiyandiye Numba Awidin - click here

An Nage - click here

Awado Sansare - click here

Bimbarak Senaga Gawasuna - click here

Bindu Bindu Tharaka - click here

Birinda Mage - click here

Bodilima Nangiye - click here

Dampatin La Sanda Basa Yanawa - click here

Dasa Nilupul Thema - click here

Dawasak Pala Nathi Hene - click here

Dethola Noke De Denethe - click here

Duka Hadu Dena Raye - click here or here

Irabatu Tharuwa - click here

Kalladi Palama - click here

Kawruth Ennathi Kawruth Yannathi - click here

Mage Bisawne Asapan - click here

Mage Hada Madala - click here or here

Mang Mula Wee - click here

Ninda Nathi Raye - click here

Nirmala / Malhina numbe - click here

Oba Pem Karana - click here

Ruwak Andenawa Kawdo Enawa - click here

Salgaha Mudune - click here

Sanda Ra Sihinaye - click here

Sinhala Sindu Kiyana - click here

Sithala Sanda Eliye - click here

Situ Kumariye - click here or here

Unmada Sithuwam - click here

Uthuru Kone Numba - click here