Thursday, May 10, 2012

Samarakoon, Ananda

Ananda Samarakoon(1911-1962), Sri Lankan composer and musician, studied at the Christian College, later taught there. He went to India to study art and music, he was very much influenced by Tagore to imitate him in the direction of creating a musical tradition for the Sri Lankan people. He composed the Sri Lankan national anthem "Sri Lanka Matha" and is considered the father of artistic Sinhala music, and founder of the modern geeta sahitya.

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