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Milton Mallawarachchi

Milton Mallawarachchi (1945 – 1998) was a popular Sri Lankan musician.

Mallawarachchi has sung songs by Karunaratne Abeysekera, K. D. K. Dharmawardena, Premakirthi de Alwis, Clarence Wijewardena, Upali Danawalawithana, Dharmasiri Gamage, Ajantha Ransinghe, Shelton Weeraratne, Kularatne Ariyawansa, Ananda Padmasiri, Vernon Perera, Chitrananda Abeysekera, Bandara Wijetunga and Vijaya Ramanayake.

Early life and career

Mallawarachchi completed his early education at Ananda Sastralaya Kotte. He was a member of a short lived group called the Sakyans[2] and subsequently the La Ceylonians. Mallawarachchi's vocals on the latter group's "Daha Duke Vidyahala" and "Mal Ravamal" led to his discovery by producer Patrick Corea. Kurera offered to record the young vocalist on four songs "Oruwaka Pawena," "Ran Kuduwak Oba Sadu," "Sansare Sewanale" and "Mangale Neth Mangale." The songs were released on the Exvee label as a 78 rpm record in 1969 and gave Mallawarachchi his first popular hit with "Oruwaka Pawena."


Well known music Composer Patrick Denipitiya gave Milton Mallawarachichi's songs a modern touch with Songs Like "Ivuru Tala", "Ma ha Eda", "Ma nisa Oba" . "Sayura theredhi" on which helped him to become a huge success.
First Duet "Bindu Bindu" with R.Chitra.

In 1974 renown musician Clarence Wijewardena composed the songs "Gana Andure," "Eda Rae," "Mata Men Ohutada" and "Maga Thotadhii" for a Mallawarachchi EP release on Gemstone. Wijewardena would also write "Awasara Natha Mata," "Sulange Pawe," "Thaniwi Sitinai," and "Prem Raja Thahane" for Milton. Milton sing with Rukmani (1974) "Prem Raja Thahane" orther singer female sing "Pem Rajadahane" (Indrani Perera and Samitha Mudukonduwa)
One of Mallawarachchi's most successful songs was "Mai Gaha Yata" done under the production of Melroy Dharmaratne in 1976. It was released on the Silverline label as an EP backed with "Ran Mudu" and two songs ("Andanne Epa" and "Ma Samanalayak") by Shiromie Fernando.

Mallawarachchi released one of the first music audio cassette's in Sri Lanka under the guidance of Wijewardene in 1978. It was titled Anytime-Anywhere and was on the Tharanga label.

Mallawarachchi debuted as a playback singer in the 1971 film, Poojithayo. In 1984, he was honored with a best playback singer award at the Sarasawiya Awards for "Kendan Yannam," a song from Sena Samarasinghe's Aethin Aethat. He was the main male play back singer in the movie "Senakeliya" which was a box office hit in 1974 where he sang songs like "Reyak Upadda" and Duets with Indrani Perera "Samanala Renak Se" and also with Victor Ratnayake and CD Fonseka to the Music Direction of Music Director Patrick Denipitiya.

Mallawarchchi was a popular live attraction; at a time when there was no TV in Sri Lanka, his appearances at variety shows sponsored by the Ceylon Tobacco Company drew huge crowds.

Mallawarachchi appeared alongside the Super Golden Chimes at the Super Concert 101/102 organized by Wijewardene. The one Last Song Milton sing Aga Rejiniya (Album Senehasa Buduwak) The first Teledrama Hima Kadalla Milton Sing of the song "Sanda Sulange Pawee"
He died on March 10, 1998.

Personal life

Mallawarachchi was married to Swarna Mallawarchchi, and had four children: Ranil, Harshini, Nadija, and Tharaka. Ranil Mallawarachchi, the eldest, continues in his father's tradition. "Etha epita dura akase... swarnwarna tharuwak wilase" song written by Karunarathne Abeysekara for Milton dedicated to his wife Swarna.

Following are some of his very popular songs for reference.

Ada Heta Oba Ma - click here

Adaren Mese - click here

Ae Wage Dinaka - click here

Apa Eka Pedesaka - click here

Andura Watuna Weediye - click here

Ansathu Wee Atha - click here or here

Api Santhosen Inne - click here

Awasara Netha Mata - click here

Ayasayakin - click here

Dasa Ridenawaa Paara Bala Indala - click here

Dase Kalum Kan Mawa Dee - click here

Dawasak Thiyewee Wenwunu Oba Ma - click here

Dharanna Bae Me Wedanaawan - click here

Deadara Wilikun Surath Pale - click here

Duwe Harshani Hemin Sare Pa Nagana - click here

Dineka Ransalu Palanda - click here

Etha Epita - click here

Ewuru Thala - click here or here

Gana Andure - click here

Hada Pathule - click here

Handannepa Dan Langin Sithinnam - click here

Kese Kiyannada Oba Maa Atha Hara - click here

Kiyanu Epa Boru - click here

Leno Leno, Leni Samagin Tharageta Wage - click here

Maa Nisa Oba Nopiru Perum - click here

Maga Thotahinda - click here

Mata Men Ohutada Kandula Obai - click here or here

Me Katha Maa Nokiwwa Hindaalu - click here

Pem Raja Dhahane - click here

Piyapath Sala Mama Oba - click here

Preme Maya - click here

Radhanna Bahane - click here

Ran Daha Bindu Me Polowen - click here

Sayuru Theradee - click here

Sihinen Oba Mata Penenawanam - click here

Sundarathwayen - click here

Tharahaa wanu Epa - click here