The 74th Birth Anniversary of music maestro Premasiri Khemadasa who succeeded in creating a unique music style in Sri Lanka is being commemorated today.
He was born on 25th January, 1937 at Thalpitiya in Wadduwa. He was the youngest of a family of nine. He started his academic studies at St. John’s College in Panadura. He displayed his talents in the field of muscia during his school days. He began his profession as a musician at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Khemadasa’s creative genius fused with the expectations of the people with the theme music he composed for Golu Hadawatha. The strains of lilting music pouring forth from his musical instruments colourised more than a 100 of cinema films, stage plays, tele plays, operas, cantatas, ballets and symphonies.
Musicologists the world over state that the Signature Tune Khemadasa composed for the SLBC Newscast is the best signature tune for newscasts composed ever. Khemadasa Master’s debut as a film composer came in Sirisena Wimalaweera’s Roddie Kella. His signature in film music is moulded by the use of elements from Classical Western music and other sources to heighten the emotion suggested by the picture. He also composed music for Dr. Lester James Peries’ last film Ammavarune. The presence of operatic vocals in his music is explained by his vast knowledge of opera. Khemadasa is the only known Sri Lankan musician who practiced and created Operas.