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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Popular singer Kokila Devi Weeratunga dies

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 08 July, ( One of Sri Lanka’s most popular singers in the yester year Kokila Devi Weeratunga died at the age of 95 at the National Hospital Colombo , June 5 where she was ailing for some time.

She was singing duets with the late H.W. Rupasinghe, then Ceylon’s most popular male vocalist for gramophone records of Colombia and His Masters Voice before she sang for the then Radio Ceylon.

She was the first female vocalist who was graded an A Grade singer by Professor Rathnajankar of India together with W.D. Amaradeva the male vocalist then known as W.D. Albert Perera who also received the same grade
at an audition held in 1950 for the then Radio Ceylon, later renamed the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Some of her most popular hits were Jaliya Krishna Jina, Mawpiya Adee, Sripathi Srihari Vishnu Devinda, Low Pura Budu Paramee Dinu etc.

- Asian Tribune -

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