The funeral of tabla maestro Wijeratne Ranatunge was held this evening.
The last rites were performed at the Udahamulla public cemetery before a large number of people including people’s representatives and artistes. Minister T.B. Ekanayake also visited his residence and paid his last respects. The Cultural Ministry also made a financial donation appreciating the service rendered by him to the field of music. He was 66 years when his end came following a brief illness. He has carried out research in the field of music and has made new inventions connected to tabla playing. He has contributed to many popular songs and concerts with tabla playing. Wijeratne Ranatunge was a senior lecturer at the University of Visual & Performing Arts in Colombo. He was the husband of popular singer Nirmala Ranatunge.