Fans : 1 H.R. Jothipala - එච් ආර් ජෝතිපාල ( 1936 - 07 )

Known As : H.R. Jothipala
Real Name : Hettiarachchige Reginald Jothipala
Birthday : 1936-February-12
Died : 07--
First Released : Daskama 1958
Latest Released : Kiri Madu Wel

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Hettiarachchige Reginald Jothipala (February 12, 1936 – July 7, 1987) was a prolific playback singer in the Sinhala cinema. Jothipala rendered his voice to all classes of actors ranging from Eddie Jayamanne, Ananda Jayaratne, Gamini Fonseka, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Sanath Gunathilaka, Ravindra Randeniya and several others of young generation stars like Damith Fonseka, Lal Weerasinghe and other newcomers.

Early life
Jothipala was born the first child of a middle-class family from Southern Sri Lanka.[1] He attended St. Lawrence College in Maradana and St. John’s College in Dematagoda. Jothipala would visit tea kiosks during this period to hear music as his family didn't own a radio.

Jothipala made his debut as a playback singer on Cyril P. Abeyratne's Surathalee singing, "Siriyame Sara," in 1956.[3] Prior to this he had recorded a song for the late Sirisena Wimalaweera's Podi Putha. This song didn't make the final cut, as the Indian film composer on the film didn't consider Jothipala's voice good enough.

Jothi has said that he contemplated taking his life when he went with his friends to watch Podi Putha and found out that his song was not included. Later when Surathalee producer Jabir A. Cader wanted to hear one of his songs to consider him for the film, Jothipala almost passed on the offer as he did not possess enough money to cut a record. He was helped out by veteran musician Stanley Omar who financed him for the sum of 35 rupees – a large amount at the time. Jothipala's song on the film, "Siriyame Sara," still remains popular in Sri Lanka. He sang the popular number under the direction of T.R. Papa at Wahini Studio in India.

Jothipala has worked with many reputed directors of Sri Lanka. In the early stages of his prolific career, Jothipala got the chance to work with prolific film maker, Lester James Peries on the movie Sandeshaya. Jothipala sang the song "Puruthugeesikara" for the film, which was composed by the legendary Sunil Santha and written by veteran lyricist Arisen Ahubudu.

Jothipala was the undisputed choice in films that were made in the late sixties and through the seventies, the period during which he also began to act. Though Jothi was criticized for singing to the tunes of popular Hindi songs he also sang under the batons of Pandit W.D. Amaradewa, P.V. Nandasiri, Premasiri Kehmadasa, Sarath Dassanayake and Milton Mallawarachchi.

He sang in hundreds of films including popular hits like Kasthuri Suwanda, Thushara, Sweeep Ticket, Hitha Honda Minihek, Kawuda Raja, Hondata Hondai, Wasana, Sangeetha and others. The award-winning singer also played some memorable roles in films including Ethulweema Thahanam, Sulalitha Sobani, Sujeewa, Sukiri Kella, Abirahasa, Bonikka, Shanthi and his own production Sumithuro.

In the music scene, no musical show was complete without Jothi in the seventies and eighties. Jothipala died in the first week of July in 1987.

Photo Gallery
Main Actor / Actor
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1966 Athulveema Thahanam M.S. Anandan
2 ) 1983 Sumithuro Roy De Silva
3 ) 1975 Sadhana S. Ramanadhan
4 ) 1976 Nayana Amarasena Kumarasinghe
5 ) 1964 Sithaka Mahima M.S. Anandan
6 ) 1968 Amathikama Kithsiri Nihal Jayasinghe
7 ) 1958 Daskama J. Singhe
8 ) 1963 Sudu Sande Kalu Wala Robin Thampoe
9 ) 1964 Sulalitha Sobani Robin Thampoe
10 ) 1968 Pinibindu Chula Palagolla
11 ) 1969 Pravesam Vanna M.S. Anandan
12 ) 1970 Geetha Joe Dev Ananda
13 ) 1971 Dewena Pipasaya Thimothy Weerarathna
14 ) 1971 Abhirahasa Lenin Morais
15 ) 1972 Sahanaya J. Selvarathnam
16 ) 1972 Sujeewa Joe Dev Ananda
17 ) 1972 Ihatha Athmaya K.A.W. Perera
18 ) 1974 Shanthi Vilfrad Silva
19 ) 1973 Sunethra Joe Dev Ananda
20 ) 1974 Dinum Kanuwa Ranjith Perera
21 ) 1975 Obai Mamai Joe Dev Ananda
22 ) 1975 Sukiri Kella Joe Dev Ananda
23 ) 1985 Kiri Madu Wel Saman Weeraman
24 ) 1978 Sally Syril P. Abeyrathna
25 ) 1977 Sikuru Dasawa Siri Kularathna
26 ) 1983 BonikkaInspector Luvi Vandastratan
27 ) 1974 Sahayata Dani Yasapalitha Nanayakkara
28 ) 1975 Mage Nangi Shyama M.S. Anandan
29 ) 1982 Thana Giravee Roy De Silva
30 ) 1975 Damayanthi K. Vencut
31 ) 1975 Jeewana Geethaya I.P. Sena
32 ) 1975 Ranwan Reka M.D.M. Daas
33 ) 1972 Lokuma Hinawa K.A.W. Perera
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1983 Sumithuro Roy De Silva
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