Well known artiste Arisen Ahubudu has bidden farewell to the nation.
The funeral of Kalashuri Arisen Ahubudu was held at the Borella General Cemetery this evening under state patronage. Ministers, Parliamentarians and a large number of artistes were present. President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited his residence at Kalapura in Mt. Lavinia yesterday and paid his last respects. Arisen Ahubudu was 91 years of age when he passed away on Thursday. He was born as Devndara Deva-manimendra Aryasena Ashubodha in Malalagama, Koggala on 18th March 1920. He changed his name to Arisen Ahubudu due to his love for the Sinhalese language. He was an expert on Sinhala language and did his utmost to preserve the correct usage of the language. He has authored many books and penned lyrics of a number of songs. He has also named a number of babies and commercial organizations in the country with his vast knowledge on the meanings of words and the science of sounds.