Milton Mallawarachchi

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Milton Mallawarachchi
Native name මිල්ටන් මල්ලවාරච්චි
Born 7 April 1945
Origin Sri Lanka
Died March 10, 1998(1998-03-10) (aged 53)
Genres Playback singing, Sri Lankan music
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1969–1998

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

Mallawarachchi sang 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.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Mallawarachchi completed his early education at Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte.[2] He was a member of a short-lived group called the Sakyans[3] 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.[citation needed] Kurera offered to record the young vocalist on four songs: "Oruwaka Pawena", "Ran Kooduwak Oba Sadu", "Sansare Sewanalle" and "[4]Mangale Neth Mangale". These songs were released on the Exvee label as a double set of 78 rpm records in 1969 and gave Mallawarachchi his first popular hit with "Oruwaka Pawena".[citation needed] However, it was the last 78 rpm record set issued for non-film songs in Sri Lanka.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Music composer Patrick Denipitiya gave Milton Mallawarachichi's songs a modern touch such as "Ivuru Tala", "Ma ha Eda", "Ma Nisa Oba" . "Sayura theredhi" helped him to become a huge success.[citation needed]

First Duet "Bindu Bindu" with R.Chitra.

In 1974, the Ceylonese musician Clarence Wijewardena composed the songs "Gana Andure," "Eda Rae," "Mata Men Ohutada" and "Maga Thotadhii" for an EP release on Gemstone. Wijewardena would also write "Awasara Natha Mata," "Sulange Pawe," "Thaniwi Sitinai" and "Prem Raja Thahane" for Mallawarachichi.

Mallawarachichi sang with Rukmani (1974) on "Prem Raja Thahane". other 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."[1]

Mallawarachchi released one of the first music audio cassettes in Sri Lanka under the guidance of Wijewardene in 1978. It was titled Anytime-Anywhere and was on the Tharanga label.[citation needed]

Mallawarachchi debuted as a playback singer in the 1971 film, Poojithayo. In 1984, he was honored with the best playback singer award at the Sarasawiya Awards for "Kendan Yannam," a song from Sena Samarasinghe's Aethin Aethat.[citation needed] He was the main male play back singer in the movie "Senakeliya" which was a box office hit[citation needed] 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.

Mallawarachchi 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.[5] Mallawarachchi appeared alongside the Super Golden Chimes at the Super Concert 101/102 organized by Wijewardene. The one Last Song Milton is sung by Aga Rejiniya (Album Senehasa Buduwak). The first Teledrama Hima Kadalla Milton Sing of the song "Sanda Sulange Pawee"

He died on 10 March 1998.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mallawarachchi was married to Swarna Mallawarchchi (not the famous Sri Lankan actress with the same name), and had four children: Ranil, Harshini, Nadija, and Tharaka.[6] The song, "Etha epita dura akase...swarnwarna tharuwak wilase", written by Karunarathne Abeysekara for Mallawarachichi, is dedicated to his wife Swarna.[7][8]

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