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Henry Caldera

Henry Caldera (August 19, 1937 – October 11, 2006 (aged 69)) was a Sri Lankan Singer/Songwriter/Musician.

Early life

Caldera was born on August 19, 1937. He went completely blind at 14 and attended Seeduwa Deaf and Blind school. Caldera became a radio artist in 1968 and had his first hit song with Thara Petia in 1972. He released a four song album in 1977.

During his lifetime he released three audio cassettes and two CD's. Most of the songs that he sang were Solos. Most of his songs are children's songs and many are based on true experiences. Caldera sang for his own children and as well as for his grand children.


In 1979 the then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranasinghe Premadasa, donated a house for Caldera to live in. In the year 1993 he was felicitated with a Kala Bhushana award (the second highest award granted by the state for performing artists).

During his lifetime he was felicitated by several universities (student bodies) and non governmental organisations in appreciation of his service to folk music.

  • Kala Bhushana Award - 1993

Caldera firmly believed that art is art and nothing could buy an artist and held on to that until he died.

Caldera had four children with his wife who was also blind. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and died on October 11, 2006. he son Stanley Kaldera continue to perform Hendry Kaldera's songs in his memory.

Here are some of the songs by Henry Caldera which placed top place in Sri Lankan music.

Eeye Udaye - click here

Handannepa Amme - click here

Kana Widina Wele Kandule Gange - click here

Kanda Udin Payana - click here

Lanka Mage Lanka - click here

Mal Natu Wani - click here

Melowa Thibena Amila - click here

Midule Sudu Wali Thalaye - click here

Mokada Nago Himidiriye - click here

Oba Pawa Hasaralla - click here

Pemin Bandennai Pem Katha Kiyannai - click here

Piruna Suwa Dasun - click here

Samanala Siripa - click here

Sisila Handawe - click here

Surajiniye - click here

Thara Petiya - click here