VICTOR RATHNAYAKA STAGED HIS FINAL LOVABLE MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA “SA” AMID CHEERING OF THE GATHERING AT ‘NELUM POKUNA”ART AND PERFORMING THEATRE.
Posted on July 20th, 2012

Claude Fernanado,Brampton,Canada

Victor Rathnayaka’s  “SA” the greatest  single song show came to the conclusion at the Nelum pokuna“  Art  theatre recently. The chief gust was His Excellency  President  Mahinda Rajapaksha   who is also an admirer of Victor and his songs . For sure It was an inexplicable moment  overjoyed viewers flocked to share their artistic  emotional  feelings with  tear welling eyes  with Victor  for ending  his most popular musical extravaganza  which has been performing long decades  by indelibly  impressing   and sticking  in  minds  and hearts of music  enthuastic fans in Sri Lanka as well as  abroad.

 “SA” was born July 20th 1973.It’s grand 1000 performance was celebrated at  the BMICH on Sept.22 1984.

Dear Victor, I still remember  the good old days ,I was at  school age then.  used to go to the Negombo town hall on uncountable occasions  to view  and enjoy “SA” whenever it was performed umpteen times  at  the same hall. Never missed a single opportunity to engage as a keen lover  of “SA” and  also never forgot to “infiltrate” to the front seat by entering from  the side doors of famous Negombo town hall  as usual ,reason was  most of the time  my entering ticket was allowed to sit at the middle rows  or balcony.

Needless to say  there were many characters  behind  the great success of “SA” .Among them were Chinthana Jayasena who suggested “SA” as most suitable name for his  show.  Premakirthi De Alwis(adaraye ulpatha woo amma,thani tharuwe) KDK Darmawardana,(neela bigu kala) Bandara.wijethunga,(sangawa ganu mana obe ruwa) Sunil Ariyarathna,(api okkoma rajawaru,hitha mithuru sulanga) Kularathna Ariyawansa,(sina dolak wan)etc .by writing attractive songs for Victor to  sing in “SA’ musical entertainment

It’s  been still echoing  how Ealliean De Soysa who played his harmonium for Victor’s song “ƒ”¹…”podi kumara hamiye”while Wijerathna Ranathunga  playing his thabla .MK Rocksami gave a fantastic power  to “SA” playing  Violin and saxophone. Diamond Perera who performed nice tunes from his acoustic guitar  specially for the song “daiywa yogakin nowedo”  Rohan Weerasinghe was on the strings of  Sitar. D.D Danny blew his flute for Victor’s various songs .

No debate, Victor Rathnayaka  would be elevated as the king of the kingdom of the Sinhala music after  the  present king maestro Amaradewa, according to the  point of view of Professor  Carlo Fonseka
We love  and admire your mesmerizing voice and soothing songs .Long live Victor !

7 Responses to “VICTOR RATHNAYAKA STAGED HIS FINAL LOVABLE MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA “SA” AMID CHEERING OF THE GATHERING AT ‘NELUM POKUNA”ART AND PERFORMING THEATRE.”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    CLAUDE !!! Carlo was my class-mate at St. Joseph’s College. I remember Carlo was also a fan of Sunil Shantha. During intervals, he used to entertain us by singing Sunil Shanthas songs, KOKILAYANGE, etc, while Late Clive Fernando and Sri Kantha De Silva used to give a beat on the desks. If anybody did not see Carlo singing, they would have thought it was Sunil Shantha. The VOICES were identical. I have a photograph of Carlo and a few of us along the Beira, near the Masters Room. So much for beautiful memories. I will enlarge the Photo and send Carlo a copy.
    We had a class-mate named Victor Rathnayake, but I cannot say whether it is him. I do not know.

  2. Nihal Fernando Says:

    Could somebody please post the video clip of this great show at Nelum Pokuna by Victor Ratnayaka? THANKS!

  3. Claude Fernando Says:

    Thanks for Susantha Wijesinghe and Nihal Fernanado,
    Professor Carlo Fonseka is an artistic minded well respected physician in the country.He has written popular songs for Rohana Werrasinghe and Nanda Malini(“ratharan duwe ape ratharan duwe”) and Edward Jayakody(“padartayata pana kawa”)Yes he is a Joshapian(St.Joesph college) but obtained his primary education at Maris Stella College Negombo.
    Professor is loving uncle of late Vijaya Kumarathunga.

    Nihal Fernanado,
    Hopefulyy video clip of “sa” would be posted on either ITN or Sri Lanka Rupawahini co-operation please do check web sites
    No words to articulate about Victor Ratnayaka.He emerged as a singer from radio( Government owned Radio Ceylon/Sri lanka broadcasting co-operation as those days we did not have “mushroom radio channels and TV channels” like today ) His creations are still popular among the listeners .He is not only a singer but also music director.He made nice melodies for Milton Mallawaarachchi(‘sundarthwayen piri),Freddy Silva(“kundmani” song),Edward Jayakody etc.
    I remember during Ridgway Thilakarathna era(1970-77) nice and impressive sinhala songs were created by various songsters.Victor became most popular at that time.He sang a song(‘api okkoma rajawaru”)lyric by Professor Sunil Ariyarthana when Sri lanka got full independence on may 22nd from British rule.

  4. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Ridgway Thilakaratne and my late father were good friends. They were both Civil Servants. The last time I met Ridgway was at Aitken Spence, when he was lobbying to get Tourists into his Batik Shop at Panadure. He was a very simple person.

  5. Claude Fernando Says:

    Yes I agree Ridgway Thilakarathna was the best administrator of SLBC as he did a great task to promote Sinhala music.He too a talented song writer.He penned a nice and still very famous song during that golden era for TM Jayarathna(“oba ha mema athiatha aran”-music composed by HM Jayawardana-) but Ridgway did not want to mention his name as a lyric writer to get a publicity instead made an unknown name “Wimala Peiris” as a song writer. This is a famous true story in the history of SLBC.

  6. adeaabey Says:

    Its really a wonderful Person, A singer,& I will never forget Victor in my life. I watched his SA in the Panagoda Cantonement when i was in the Army Signal corps.thats in 70s. I am here in Abudhabi for nearly 27 years & my family’s favourite Singer is Victor. He is blessed with a lovely voice & thanks to all who wrote his songs. LOVELY, Never fading away…. we will die with them in our hearts… we love them. we love you too Dear Victor. May you Live Long!!!
    God Bless SRI LANKA!!!

  7. Claude Fernando Says:

    Yes,adeaabey,I totally agree with your notion
    Victo Rathnayaka is a master musician and innovative artist who brought to fruition an aspiration to Sinhala music.Victor was one of the most succesful singers that SLBC introduced to the nation and as I mentioned my article his immortal songs are still engraved our hearts and deeply deposited in hearts.His maiden song was”maurasana matha weda hindina kand surinduni oda teda wadana” He created song”sihil sulan welle”when he was travelling by train from Kandy(kadugannawaa) to Colombo. first film he directed music was, “matara achchi” and introduced a new singer Sunil Edirisinghe who sang a wonderful song”sandakada pahanaka katyam opalla” for his soothing music..Victor has created so many nice songs for “sarala gee'(light songs) programme of SLBC.This great artist has nurtured the Sri Lankan music for several decades. He always stands unchallenged.

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