Wijeratne Ranatunge a prominent Tabla Maestro has passed away.
He was 66 years when his end came following a brief illness. He has done much research in the field of music related to the Tabla and has made new inventions in the field. He has also participated in main concerts as a Tabla player. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Visual & Performing Arts in Colombo and was felicitated locally as well as overseas for the service rendered in the music arena. The ‘Ridma Taranga’ concert that displayed his talents was held a few weeks prior to his demise at the Kularatne Hall of Ananda College, Colombo. He was a member of a prominent family of artistes and the husband of popular singer Nirmala Ranatunge. His remains are lying at his residence at Dabare Place in Mirihane, Nugegoda. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Mirihana cemetery.