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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

A.E. Manoharan - Sri Lankan pop singer passed away

Chennai, 23 January, (

Tamil pop singer and actor A.E. Manoharan passed away yesterday at Chennai. He has acted in several Indian and Sri Lankan films. He is known worldwide for singing Sinhala mixed pop songs ‘Chinna Maamiye’ and ‘Surangani Surangani’.

Although A.E.Manoharan is famous today as a pop singer few will know that he began his entertainment career by acting in dramas and locally produced films in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.

Manoharan’s singing career began in Colombo in 1970 when he sang for Great Friends Enterprises. In 1964 he acted as hero in the 1st Tamil movie produced in Jaffna by Joe Devanand named “Pasa Nila”.

Since the he has acted in more than 260 films in five languages. In 1972 he was appointed as a Producer for Dramas in the commercial section of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

It was during this time that he started specializing in pop-music and released many labels in Tamil, English and Sinhalese.

During this period he also recorded the now popular “Surangani” theme on suriya label. In 1973 he was presented with the Pop Chakravarthi title at a music festival at the open-air stadium in Jaffna by then Tamil Minister Chelliah Kumarasuria.

Between the years 1975-76 he performed several music shows throughout Sri Lanka in both Sinhala and Tamil. Among the favourites during this period are Patumami, choodamanike, surangani etc.

During this period he first visited Tamil Nadu India in the music concerts arranged by Joe Jayaseelan of ‘Dinapathi’ – the Tamil language broadsheet published by M.D.Gunasenas.

His singing career also took him along to acting in films and in 1977 he acted as the hero in Vaadai Kaatru which won the President’s Award for the best story.

This was soon followed by his role in Tamil films in which he acted with leading South Indian idols like Sivaji Ganesan, Rajnikanth, Kamalahasan and Dharmendra.

Manoharan has also performed in musical shows all over the world in countries like U.K., Australia, Europe, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia.

According to the family members, the cremation is to take place tomorrow, 24th January, in Chennai.

Editor: ‘Asian Tribune’ conveys its condolences to the breaved family of Late A.E.Manoharan, who was associated with me while he was in Sri Lanka, especially in his days at the Tamil Services of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

- Asian Tribune -

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