The first State Musical Awards ceremony, the only Awards ceremony to honour musicians in the field was held under the auspices of President Rajapaksa.
The Musical Awards Festival was held at Temple Trees. It was a joint effort of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Department, the Sri Lanka Arts council and the State Music Committee. The President handed over Awards to artistes who were recognized as the best. Sunil Edirisinghe was given the Award for the most outstanding male vocalist of the year for the song “Me Tharam Siyumalie.” Lyricist Rajie Wasantha and Music Composer Darshana Ruwan Dissanayake accepted the Award on his behalf. The Award for the Best lyricist and the Music Composer was given on behalf of the song “Me Tharam Siyumalie.” Deepika Priyadarshani received the Award for the best female signer on behalf of the song “Maage Deshaya.” Sami Thambi won the Award for the best Tamil Male vocalist while the best female Tamil vocalist was Viroshini Wijeratnam.
The presentation of the book “Sahityanjali” authored by veteran lyricist Sunil R. Gamage was also handed over to the President. Among those present was Minister T.B. Ekanayake.