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Written by Priyantha Wijeweera
During our recent vacation in Sri Lanka, I found two SL gems which I would like to share with you. I believe, they should be in every SL / Sinhalese home who could afford to buy them.
We divided the land, we created countries and borders, we started to see each other differently, we started believing different ideologies including religions, it went far enough to create religions within religions, we created god, heaven, hell and also became self possessive. My this, my that. We were so genius and invented cast system. They are low cast but we belong to higher cast. We created political parties. We all became confused. Although I wanted to cry for peace for everyone, I know it is in vain - Shantha Senadheera
Karaoke song title - Arunalu Pethirena Himidiri Yaame (attempted by me)
Originally sung by - Victor Ratnayake
Karaoke song title - Niwan Dutu Himi (attempted by me)
Originally sung by - Victor Ratnayake
Here is a song lyrics for the song - Senkadagala Pura Dalada Budures
Originally sung by - Amitha Wedisinghe
සෙංකඬගලපුර දළදා බුදූරැස්
විහීදෙන තුරැ නැහැ වරදින්නේ
සිංහළයන් හට සංහළ දේසෙක
සරනයි දළදා සමිදුන්නේ
සාදු දළදා සමිදු පුදන්නට
මෙ වරත් අපි නුවර යමු
සාමයේ මල් රටට පිපෙන්නට
දළදා සමිදුට බාර දෙමු
පෝයදාට දළදා සුදු බුදුරැස්
රටවටහක් වටයක් යන්නේ
එනිසයි ළක්දිව වෙරලේ වැලිකැට
මුතු කැටවාගේ බැබළෙන්නේ
ළක්දිව රක්නා සමිදිටු දෙවියන්
පෙරහැර කාලෙට රැස්වෙන්නේ
කැප්පෙටිපොල දෙවියන්දෝ හිමියනි
එ සබෙ මුළසුණ හොබවන්නේ
Let me welcome you to my site by greeting "Ayubowan". This is a traditional Sri Lankan way of greeting someone. "Ayu" meaning ayusha or in English as your lifespan and "bowan" meaning more, translate to English as "may you live longer". Usually while you say Ayubowan you take your palms together at chest level.
Being said that I Welcome you!
In a life long journey I am glad we have come across this way. You don't know me or haven't heard me. Music has been a passion of mine since I remember. However, I haven't been fortunate to learn music properly in my younger years. With the burning desire, now I am attempting to sing some songs, in two languages Hindi (official language of India) and in Sinhala (official language of Sri Lanka). Yes, I was born (in Ramboda, a beautiful upcountry city) and raised in Sri Lanka (prosperous land). At the moment I live in USA. Though, I am far away from my mother land, I always remember and cherish the culture, history, smiling faces and beauty that I grew up in. Watching a video, singing a song, participate in cultural activities here, would make my memory run back thousands of miles.
Few things I ask you to do until you come back to this site next time
If you haven't listened to the Sinhala karaoke songs & Hindi karaoke songs online yet, please listen
If you do not want to give me a feedback you can at least sign my guestbook .
I have many things in my mind to add later besides Sinhala karaoke songs & Hindi karaoke songs, I am being the engineer of this site, it takes sometime, with thousand things I wanted to accomplish within 24hrs, it's so impractical, yet, I am so glad that I could record few songs and share it with you. One thing I want to bring you is Sinhala song lyrics. There are few volumes in this sites you can access by going to Sinhala song lyrics page.
Last but not least, perhaps the most important reason why I opened this site is to create an awareness to the severe world hunger, in some parts of the world and therefore, please do not waste food. Also please if you are a Sri Lankan living in abroad please join with me helping Empower A Village. Feed a child and support their education, it does not take much. See how simple it is. Visit the website. Be happy with whatever little you have, may peace prevail on earth, among communities, among nations, among races, religions, may peace and happiness prevail with you too!!!
That is a Disney princess kind of a wish. Because as long as we think, the things around us are MINE and have the possessive nature we can only have a wishful hope.
Cherio, Tata or let me say Ayubowan once again! live healthy for long.
Little history of world karaoke and sinhala karaoke
Karaoke song originated in Japan, in early 70's and created by a singer Daisuke Inove. He was asked by many of his guests to provide a music track of his songs, in order for them to sing along for his music. Soon Inoue made a coin operated tape recorder, which plays his songs for 100 yen. This was the first karaoke song machine.
The word karaoke came from two Japanese words. The word karaoke can be separated into two words. "Kara", shorten word for "karano", meaning empty and then the second "oke", meaning orchestra. Translate into English as "empty orchestra".
Early karaoke song machines, like one of Inoue obviously used cassette tapes, but today with the technological advancement, the karaoke tapes are replaced by CDs, VCDs, Laser discs and lately with DVDs.
Started in Japan, karaoke was soon spread to rest of the Asia and then to USA in 90's. Then the karaoke was spread further to Canada and other western countries.
Torana Music Box, in Sri Lanka is the pioneer in Sinhala karaoke songs and was founded by Mr. Sarath Kothalawala in the year 1972. Today there are many Sinhala karaoke song creaters in Sri Lanka. I am very greatful to them for providing quality VCD and DVD Sinhala karaoke song tracks, taking us to a height that no one dreamed of several years back.
Hindi karaoke and I
There are so many interactive Sinhala radio stations with general public in Sri Lanka today. If you think about history of broadcasting in Sri Lanka it goes back to 1923. The service was provided by Radio Ceylon, the oldest broadcasting service in Asia. In 1967 it became a public corporation and named as Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation. When Ceylon became a republic nation in 1972, Ceylon became Sri Lanka, so as the broadcasting service to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).
I remember Hindi song broadcast through SLBC twice a day everyday with Sinhala translations. Mid day broadcast was usually not accessible due to schooling but the night broadcast was something I was looking forward to. Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle were some of the legends I grew up listening to. Of those, Mohd Rafi became my favorite. His singing style, melodious voice, versatility caught up my attention since early child hood. Ever since, he became my favorite Hindi play back singer. Naushad, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Shankar Jaikishan, A. R. Rehmaan, Kalyanji Anandji, S. D. Burman’s rich music compositions found it’s way to Sinhala cinema and reverberated the silver screen. Many of popular Sinhala oldies revolved around these music compositions and even today they stands ever green melodies in Hindi or even the recreated with Sinhala lyrics. I was just hooked on.
Hindi karaoke or for that matter even Sinhala karaokes are not easily accessible to general public in Sri Lanka. CD technology and internet in 70s and 80s were not even in our dreams. Even today CD/DVD players, internet are things that are not affordable to majority. When it came to technology, only available recording device was a cassette player in these days. That was exactly what I did in my first attempt in recording. Still remember my first recording in my pre-teen years with no music at all. No one heard this recorded piece, except for one person. That was one of my friends’ dad. He encouraged me saying “son, you should learn music” but the formal education and my studies took priority over music and never learned a music note in my life but desire to learn still lingers.
What a difference it made over the past decade or so. Now Hindi karaoke is abundant, though it is available, obtaining high quality Hindi karaoke could be a challenge. Same true with Sinhala karaoke. Now internet is fairly accessible easy access to Hindi karaoke and Sinhala karaoke music tracks are a dream come true for any singer regardless of what stage of singing you are in and when you attempt to sing along with a good quality tracks, you virtually feel that you are surrounded by a full live orchestra. It does not matter whether you are alone, in front of a microphone or in front of an audience, just sing, it will sure to relax you. I will end this note by saying “may your life be a melodious one”.