T. M. Jayaratne
|Birth name||Tennakoon Mudiyanselage Jayaratne|
|Born||13 April 1944|
|Origin||Dodangoda, Sri Lanka|
|Genres||Sri Lankan music|
|Years active||1970 – Present|
Life and career
In 1966 Jayaratne began work as a music teacher at the Hewavitharana Maha Vidyalaya in Rajagiriya. He was drawn into singing by the head of the Folk and Research unit at the Broadcasting Corporation C.J.S. Kulathilaka who asked him to vocalise several Sinhala folk songs that included "Gana Thel Sadun" to be broadcast over the radio. He recorded his first song in 1970.
In 1980 Jayaratne dueted with Sunila Abeysekera on "Hemin Sare Piya Vida" for the movie Hansa Vilak. The song was written by W. Jayasiri with music by Khemadasa and became a popular song in Sri Lanka. His duets with Neela Wickramasinghe also became hugely popular hits.
Jayaratne is married to Malini Jayaratne and has two children. His son Isuru jayarathne is also a singer.
- "T.M. Jayaratne". Rupavahini. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- "Sudath bags Best Drama at Raigam Awards". Sunday Times. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
- "Two generations share music together". Daily News. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- Neela Wickramasinghe's 'Master Sir' at Nelum Pokuna Theatre. Lanka Help Magazine. 2012. 2015-04-12