Nanda malini is a Sri Lankan singer. Her traditional style of Sri Lanka music has gained her praise and popularity and won her 12 Sarasaviya Awards and 10 Presidential Awards for Best Singer and the Most Popular Singer.
|Born||August 23, 1943(1943-08-23)
Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
|Other names||Mirihana Arachchige Nanda Perera, Nanda Malini Gokula,Sri Lanka’s melody queen|
|Education||Sri Gunananda Vidyalaya, Bhathkande University at Lucknow, India|
|Children||Varuni Saroja,Ama Sarada|
Malini was born to a rural family of nine in Lewanduwa in Aluthgama. She moved to Kotahena in Colombo as an adolescent and was admitted to Sri Gunananda Vidyalaya where she came under the tutelage of T. N. Margaret Perera.she was a classic teacher and Assessing the student’s latent talents. she took on the role of mother and began to guide the destinies of Nanda Malini After winning a poetry contest, Malini was taken to Radio Ceylon by Perera and sang “Budu Sadu” on Karunarante Abeysekera’s popular programme Lama Mandapaya. After some time, Nanda Malini’s lilting voice came on the air with the ever popular song Budu Sadu. Even Sarath Wimalaweera who was a leading figure at Radio Ceylon gave her all the assistance to come up in life as a classical singer
Malini continued her training after achieving fame, learning under B. Victor Perera, studying for a year at Heywood and moving on to Bhathkande University at Lucknow, India in 1963. She would later return to the University to obtain a Visharada degree in 1984
As a singer
1961 when Serendib Company decided to make Ranmuthu Duwa- Sri Lanka’s first colour film in Sinhala.” The company picked Pandith Amaradeva to direct the music. When the maestro invited her to sing a duet with Narada Disasekera for the film, Nanda Malini sang her debut film song Galana Gangaki Jeevithe. The film became such a success that it won all the Sarsaviya Awards that year. She gained more popularity with this song “Galana Gangaki Jeevithe.
The song Budu Sadu she sang to D. D. Danie’s musical score had a tremendous impact on her career. Pandith Amaradeva gave her another surprise by selecting Nanda Malini for his popular musical programme Madhuvanthi in which she sang Sannaliyane and Ran Dahadiya Bindu Bindu gaining more experience and capacity for singing.Upon Malini appeared on Amaradeva’s programme Madhuvanthi singing “Sannaliyane” and “Ran Dahadiya Bindu Bindu.”
Malini has had a string of successful releases: Perada Maha Re, Pahan Kanda, Sathyaye Geethaya, Hemanthayedi, Tharuka Es, Pavana, Sindu Hodiya, Kinduriyakage Vilapaya, Madhu Bandun, Tharu, Malmada Bisau, Cinema Geethavalokana, Kirimadu Vel, Londonyedi Geyu Gee, Yathra, Handahami, Sanka Padma, Pembara Lanka, Kunkuma Pottu, Gramaphone Gee, Araliya Landata, Malata Renu, Nilambare, Sari Podittak and Pirith Pen.
The string of cassettes and CDs she has released so far include Perada Maha Re, Pahan Kanda, Sathyaye Geethaya, Hemanthayedi, Tharuka Es, Pavana, Sindu Hodiya, Kinduriyakage Vilapaya, Madhu Bandun, Tharu, Malmada Bisau, Cinema Geethavalokana, Kirimadu Vel, Londonyedi Geyu Gee, Yathra, Handahami, Sanka Padma, Pembara Lanka, Kunkuma Pottu, Gramaphone Gee, Araliya Landata, Malata Renu, Nilambare, Sari Podittak, and Pirith Pen. In fact, it would be a difficult task to find a household where there is no cassette or CD carrying Nanda Malini’s mellifluous rendering of songs.
After signing quite a few love songs, she turned her attention to devotional songs. For instance her song Danno Budunge sung for Sadhu Nada cassette is treated as a second national anthem. This is a very rare honour for any vocalist. Later she turned her attention to signing songs for children. For instance, Handahami had 14 songs the lyrics of which had been written by Ananda Rajakaruna, Kumaratunga Munidasa, and Ven. S. Mahinda Thera. This was followed by Sindu Hodiya (1990) carrying 16 songs meant to introduce the alphabet.
Nanda Malini has won 12 Sarasaviya Awards and 10 Presidential Awards for Best Singer and the Most Popular Singer. Such awards sit lightly on her as she has not given up the quest to sing something different every time she put out a cassette or a Compact Disc. Best singer Film Awards- , Galana Gangaki Jeewithe – Ranmuthu Duva1963 , Me Sinhala Apage Ratai Saravita1965 ,Ranga Sedol kandulu1967 , Kinchi Pinchi Punchi Panchi Adaravanthyo1968 , Handa Havun Monara Thenna1979 , Singing Poet Siribo ayya1980 , Denodahak nuwan athre Vajira1981 , Ammavarune Yasaisuru1982 , Ahasin Polavata Pemrajadahana1992 , Ivuru bindunu Gan thlava Ambudaruvo1995
Since then she has won awards almost every year. She was invited to Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Germany, The Soviet Union, United kingdom, Italy, and France, Middle-east countries and Maldives countries where she gave very successful concerts. In 1988, December 16, she performed her 250th concert and for 22 years has been inactive. Enchanting vocalist Nanda Malini in partnership with Sirasa FM will launch a musical extravaganza consisting of 25 concerts Island wide featuring live solo performances by the songstress from September 2010.