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Somapala Rathnayake
සෝමපාල රත්නායක
1947 - 2017
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Somapala Rathnayake සෝමපාල රත්නායක
Rathnayake Arachchilage Somapala
  • Birthday : 1947 November 07
  • Died : 2017 July 18
  • NATIONAL AWARDS

    1Best Music Director
    9th OCIC Award Ceremony 1982
    Sagarayak Meda
    2Best Performance Award
    21st Sarasaviya Awards - 1993
    Raja Daruwo
    3Best Music Director
    23rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1995
    Ekada Wahi
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Raja Daruwo
    Actor
    1992
    2Ekada Wahi
    Actor
    1994
    3Kolompoor
    Actor
    1999

    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Hallo My Darlin
    Music Director
    1994
    2Cheriyo Captain
    Music Director
    1995
    3Ira Handa Illa
    Music Director
    1995
    4Demodara Palama
    Music Director
    1995
    5Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya
    Music Director
    1995
    6Chandani
    Music Director
    1995
    7Naralova Holman
    Music Director
    1996
    8Veediye Veeraya
    Music Director
    1996
    9Seema Pawuru
    Music Director
    1996
    10Hiru Sandu Hamuwe
    Music Director
    1996
    11Cheriyo Darling
    Music Director
    1996
    12Hai Baby Hai
    Music Director
    2001
    13Oba Magema Wewa
    Music Director
    2001
    14Pissu Pusoo
    Music Director
    2001
    15Jonson And Gonson
    Music Director
    2001
    16Daru Upatha
    Music Director
    2001
    17Pin Pon
    Music Director
    2003
    18Re Daniel Dawal Migel 3
    Music Director
    2004
    19Kawda Machang Alice
    Music Director
    2013
    20Doni
    Music Director
    2013
    21Rassa Kele
    Music Director
    2014
    22Que Sera
    Music Director
    2014
    23Duwana Muwan
    Music Director
    2014
    24Sinhaya
    Cinematographer
    2016

    UPCOMING

    1Deveni Yuddhaya
    Music Director
    BIOGRAPHY

    Rathnayake was born on 7 November 1947 in a small village near Kadugannawa as the fourth of the family with 10 siblings. His father was Rathnayake Arachchilage Don James. He was popularly known as Rathnayake Veda Mahaththaya, was an apothecary and sang "noorthi gee," a type of Sinhala folk songs. His mother was Abeykoon Mayadunnelage Sumanawathi. He was educated at Kadugannawa Junior School and then attended to Kadugannawa Maha Vidyalaya for secondary education. He learned music under K.M. Sugathapala at the school.
     
    One of his elder brothers, Victor Rathnayake is a renowned musician in Sri Lanka. Victor has two daughters and two sons from first marriage with Chithra Rathnayake. His daughter Chandani is a dancer and a vocalist. His elder son Jayantha Rathnayake was a renowned musician and composer. Jayantha started his music career as the keyboard player in Sihashakthi musical band. Jayantha was married as has one daughter and one son. His younger son Lelum is also a musician and singer who worked in a musical band. On 6 April 2020, Jayantha Rathnayake died at the age of 52 while receiving treatments at Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama.
     
    In 1960s, he joined with farmer's army. After few years of work, then he joined with Wildlife Department. He worked in the job for only one month. He was married to longtime partner, Mary Margaret Mayadunne. He met Mary during music classes at Heywood academy. They married in September 1970. It was the only day that he shaved his beard completely. She is a retired music teacher. The couple has four children, where one died at very small age. His daughter and two sons are not related to music.
     
    On 17 July 2017, he was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital due to a sudden illness. He died on 18 July 2017 at the age of 69 while receiving treatments. The remains were placed at his residence at No: 78/C, Bopitiya Road, Uswetakeiyawa. The funeral took place on 20 July 2017 at the Hunupitiya Cemetery.
     
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