Sanath Nandasiri

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Sanath Nandasiri
Native name සනත් නන්දසිරි
Born 1942 (age 75–76)
Gothatuwa, Sri Lanka
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Singer
Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts

Professor Sanath Nandasiri (Sinhalese: සනත් නන්දසිරි; born February 15, 1942 in Gothatuwa, Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan classical musician.[1] He is the current Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Nandasiri after the death of Pandith Amaradewa.[2]

Nandasiri has received several awards for his compositions; he composed the music to Sandamalige Kathawa, the first TV serial on Rupavahini.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Nandasiri was born to businessman and building contractor, H.M. William Perera and Dona Amalin Katugampola. He attended two schools concurrently as an adolescent (Mahabodhi Maha Vidyalaya, Gothatuwa Maha Vidyalaya and St. Matthew’s College, Dematagoda, where he studied English).[3]

Nandasiri first appeared on Sinhala Radio at the age of 13 in 1955. He began studying the tabla instrument under D.R. Peiris soon after. In 1960 Nandasiri travelled to India to continue his studies at Bhatkhande Music Institute. His teachers at the academy included Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa, G.N. Nattu, Ustad Mokshut Ali, Pandit Hari Shankar Misra and Ustad Rahimmuddeen Khan Daga.[3]

While in India, Nandasiri composed several songs that appeared on Lucknow radio. He returned to Sri Lanka in 1974 and joined the staff of University of Kelaniya as a lecturer. Nandasiri served as the head of music at the university from 1988 to 1992.[4]

Nandasiri took the Part I examination in vocal music and obtained first class at the "Nipun" examination in 1992 becoming the first Sri Lankan to achieve this task.[4] He was appointed Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Nandasiri married singer Malkanthi Peiris in 1971. They collaborated on songs before and after their marriage. Nandasiri's daughter Anuradha was born February 14, 1974.[3]

Anuradha, also a musician, is currently back in Sri Lanka with her husband Nirosha Bandara.[3]


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