Gunadasa Kapuge
Ellamulla Kapuge Gunadasa
  • Birthday : 1945 August 07
  • Died : 2003 April 03

  • Kapuge was born on August 7, 1945 in the tiny village of Thanabaddegama in Elpitiya. His father was Ellalamulla Kapuge Francis and mother was Dona Alice Nona Siribaddana. Being the second of eight siblings, he attended Karandeniya Central College up to grade five and the latter part at Dharmasoka College in Ambalangoda, where he initially studied science before switching to music. His brother, Premawardhana Kapuge is also a singer.
     
    He married Prema Withanage in 1978. The couple had one son: Mithra, and two daughters: Ridhma and Sajani. His son Mithra Kapuge, and his brother, Premawardhana Kapuge sing his songs to continue his legacy.
     
    Music career
    In 1963, he left Haywood college of music (presently known as University of the Visual and Performing Arts), where he was studying at that time, to follow a degree course in India. In late 1960, Kapuge joined the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and in 1969, he worked as an operational assistant and in 1975 started out as a program producer.
     
    Kapuge's initial release was titled "Daesa Nilupul Thema" in 1973, which he sung for a cultural program was aired on SLBC. It was later became an instant hit and made his mark in the career. After which, Kapuge was quoted as a 'Grade A' vocalist by the Radio Ceylon. Thus the three decade long music career of Visharada Kapuge began. He appeared as a film background singer as well as a music director and stage play music director. The first stage drama for which he provided background music was "Thuranga Sanniya" by Sugathapala De Silva. Since then he provided background music for the highly popular musical "Tharawo Igilethi" by Lucien Bulathsinhala and several others. His first movie background music gig was for Stanley Perera's "Sandha."
     
    In 1973 following his marriage, he lost his job due to political revenge. He was invited to an international youth conference in Havana, Cuba, applied for a leave of absence from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, but his request was rejected for political reasons. However, Kapuge decided to attend the Youth Conference in Havana on July 22, 1978. On his return to Sri Lanka after attending the summit, the SLBC officials delivered a letter to Kapuge at the Bandaranaike International Airport stating that he has left the service. Although he regained his job in 1979, he was arrested the same year on charges of insulting the then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa. But Kapuge was able to be released during the investigation into the allegations. He is again expelled from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Although he was re-employed with the intervention of the then Chairman of the SLBC, Eman Kariyakarawana, Kapuge was transferred to the Rajarata Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. In 1981, Kapuge served as the Head of the Music Division of the Rajarata Service and later as the Head of the Rajarata Service. During the 88/89 riots, he did not change his attitude, where he was sent on compulsory leave from Rajarata Sevaya on January 29, 1990.
     
    Meanwhile, in 1980, Kapuge released his first music compact cassette titled "Dhampatin Laa Sandha" featuring Malani Bulathsinhala. Kapuge staged a one-man musical show titled "Kampana" first staged at Lumbini theatre on August 25, 1990 and also released a cassette and CD with the same title. The show was a historical advent of the Sinhala music industry. In a short span of two years, Kapuge performed nearly a thousand "Kampana" shows across the country, and in some cases had to extend the two hour concert to three hours at the request of the audience. He also made popular top selling cassettes such as "Seethala Sanda Eliye" (1981), "Unmada Sithuvam" (1983), "Piya Satahan" (1990), "Irabatu Tharu" (1999) and "Sanda Ra Sihinaye" (2000). Some of his songs carried meaningful messages to the listeners: specially the song "Bimbarak Senaga Gevasuna" talks about the uprising of Uve Wellassa riot against the British. Then his song "Uthuru Kone Nuba Hinahen" aimed at bringing harmony between Tamil people living in the North with Sinhalese people living in the South of the island.
     
    He sang three songs using the same melody: The first song is "Sondura Numba Lihiniyaka" composed by Ratna Sri Wijesinghe. Based on a similar melody, the song "Sabada Api Kandu Nowemu" was composed by Dharshana Medis. Meanwhile, the melody of the song composed by the poet Abeysinghe, "Rathriya Mama Wemi" is similar to the above melody.
     
    As a playback singer, he first involved in the film Ektam Geya for which he sang the song "Unmadha Situwam". Then he contributed for the films Bawa Duka and Bawa Karma both directed by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake. He also sang the song "Kiyanga Magiya" for Milton Jayawardane’s film Bithu Sithuwam. Meanwhile, he made vocals and provided his first theater background music for Sugathapala de Silva’s play Thuranga Sanniya. Later he involved with many popular stage plays, such as: Paraputuwo, Nandi Visala, Tharavo Igilethi, Sira Kandawuru and Sath Saha Satha.

    SONGS
    1Vocal
    ඝාතකයා
    Gathakaya

    Vocal Nanda Malini


    2Music
    දස මසක් මා
    Dasa Masak Ma

    Vocal Nanda Malini


    3Vocal
    විලි බරින් කෙඳිරි නොගා
    Wili Barin Kendiri Noga



    4VocalMusic
    වැව් තාවල්ලේ
    Wewu Thawalle



    5Vocal
    වැරහිලි ඇඳ අඩු කුලියට
    Warahali Anda Adu Kuliyata



    6Vocal
    වරගනාවී
    Waraganawi



    7Vocal
    වන විහඟ තුඩේ
    Wana Vihanga Thude



    8Vocal
    වියරු වැටී සිත්
    Viyaru wati sith



    9VocalMusic
    වියළී ගිය දෙතනේ නැත
    VIYALI GIYA DETHANE NATHA

    Vocal Sandya Bulathsinghala


    10Vocal
    විළඳ කවා
    Vilanda Kawa



    11VocalMusic
    විදුලි මිණි පහන් දැවී
    Viduli Mini Pahan



    12Vocal
    වීණා කෙසඟ වූ වීණා
    Veena Kesanga Wu Veena



    13VocalMusic
    උතුරු කොනේ
    Uthuru Kone



    14Vocal
    Ektam ge-1980Film Songඋන්මාද සිතුවම්
    Unmada Sithuwam



    15Vocal
    තුවක්කුවේ කට
    Thuwakkuwe Kata



    16Vocal
    තියා අතීතය මා ලඟ
    Thiya Athithaya Ma Langa



    17Vocal
    තිරික්කලේ
    Thirikkale



    18Vocal
    තරු රෑන රිදි පාට පාට
    Tharu Rena Ridi Pata Pata



    19VocalMusic
    තරුමල් යායම
    Tharumal Yaayam



    20Vocal
    සුදු සිනා කුසුම්
    Sudu sina Kusum



    21Vocal
    තාරකා කැළුම් පරදන
    Tharaka Kalum Paradana



    22Vocal
    තල් වැට අයිනේ
    Thal weta ayine



    23VocalMusic
    සුමුදු කුමුදක්
    Sumudu kumudak



    24Vocal
    Sudu sina Kusum
    සුදු සිනා කුසුම්



    25MusicVocal
    සුදු නැන්දා ඇයි ගේ දොර වැහුවේ
    Sudu Nanda Ai Ge Dora Wahuwe



    26Vocal
    සුභ ප්‍රාර්ථනා කියමන්
    Subha prarthana kiyaman



    27VocalMusic
    සොයා නොගොසින දමා නගරය
    soya nogosina dama nagaraya



    28Vocal
    සොඳුර නුඹ ලිහිණියක
    Sondura Numba Lihiniyaka



    29VocalMusic
    සිටු කුමාරියේ …. නුඹට සීතල අගුණයි
    Situ Kumariye



    30VocalMusic
    සිත නිවා පහන් කළ
    Sitha Niwa Pahan Kala



    31Vocal
    සිරි පොද වැස්ස වහි
    Siripoda Wassa Wahi

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    32Vocal
    සිංහල සිංදු කියන
    Sinhala Sindu Kiyana



    33Vocal
    ශිල්ප අරන් එන්න කියා
    Shilpa Aran Enta Kiya

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    34Vocal
    සෙනෙහෙ සිතින්
    Senehe sithin



    35VocalMusic
    සීතල සඳ එලියේ
    Seethala Sanda Eliye



    36Vocal
    සීත පිණි බිඳු
    Seetha Pini Bindu



    37Vocal
    සේද සිහින සුදු දුන්හිඳ ඔබ
    Seda Sinindu Sudu



    38VocalMusic
    සද්ධර්ම මකරන්ද පද රශ්මි ජාලා
    Saddharma Makaranda


    39Vocal
    සඳ රෑ සිහිනයේ
    Sanda Re Sihinaye



    40Vocal
    සමනොළ කන්ද සදිසි
    Samanola Kanda Sadisi



    41Vocal
    සැලෙනා ලොවේ
    Salena Lowe


    42VocalMusic
    සලන සුසුම සැඩ සුළඟයි
    Salana Susuma



    43Vocal
    සල් ගහ මුදුනේ මලක් පිපී
    Sal Gaha Mudune Malak Pipi



    44VocalMusic
    සබඳ අපි කදු නොවෙමු
    Sabada Api Kadu Nowemu



    45Vocal
    රුවන් මල් හැලී
    Ruwan Mal Hali



    46Vocal
    රම්‍ය නගරය
    Ramya Nagaraya



    47VocalMusic
    රෑ මැදියම
    Ra Madiyama



    48Vocal
    පුර හදට පේන්නට පන්සලේ
    Pura Handata Penenennata



    49Vocal
    පුජාච පුජනීයානම්
    pujacha Pujaneeyanam



    50Vocal
    ප්‍රේමයේ... ප්‍රේම වපරැස කරකවා
    Premaye Prema Waparesa



    51VocalMusic
    පිය සටහන්
    Piya satahan



    52Vocal
    පියාපත් වලාකුළු
    Piyapath Walakulu



    53Vocal
    පියාඹන්න අවසරයි
    Piyabanna Awasarai



    54VocalMusic
    අපි අසරණ වෙලා වගේ
    Api Asarana Wela Wage



    55Vocal
    පිච්ච මල් පිපී හිනහෙන
    Pichcha Mal Pipee

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    56VocalMusic
    Pasak Kota Athi
    පසක් කොට ඇති සසර දුක් ගිනි



    57Vocal
    පන්සල පාමුල
    Pansala Pamula

    Vocal Anula Bulathsinhala
    58VocalMusic
    Paluwa dewanath karala
    පාළුව දෙවනත් කරලා



    59Vocal
    පාලු අමු සොහොනේ
    Palu Amu Sohone



    60VocalMusic
    පලංචියේ වැඩ ඉඳගෙන
    Palanchiye Wada Indagena

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    61VocalMusic
    පබළු නගේ නාමල් තිලකේ
    Pabalu Nage



    62VocalMusic
    ඔබට යන්නම ඕනෑ නම්
    Obata Yannama Ona Nam



    63VocalMusic
    ඔබ පෙම් කරනා ඔබේ කුමාරී
    Oba Pem Karana



    64Vocal
    නිර්මලා
    Nirmala Nam Dariya

    Vocal Niranjala Sarojini


    65Vocal
    නින්ද නැති රැයේ
    Ninda Nathi Raye



    66Vocal
    නිල්ගිරි හිස
    Nil Giri Hisa


    67Vocal
    ගංඟාවේ....ගීතේ
    Gangawe geethe



    68Vocal
    ගමේ එන්නට හිතෙන්නෑ මට
    Game Ennata



    69VocalMusic
    දුක හාදු දෙන රැයේ
    Duka Hadu Dena Raye



    70Vocal
    දොඹ මල් කැලෑවේ බඹරුන් ගැයූ
    Domba mal kalawe



    71VocalVocal
    දියාළුවෝ
    Diyaluwo



    72VocalMusic
    දෙතොල නොකී දේ දෙනෙතේ කියවෙනවා
    Dethola Nokee De



    73VocalMusic
    දවසේ කරදර කර උඩ
    Dawase Karadara Kara Uada



    74VocalMusic
    දවසක් පැල නැති හේනේ
    Dawasak Pala Nathi Hene



    75VocalMusic
    දෑස නිලුපුල් තෙමා
    Daasa Nilupul Thema



    76Vocal
    දන මන පිනවා
    Dana mana Pinawa



    77Vocal
    දම්පාටින් ලා සද බැස යනවා
    Dam patin la sanda besa yanawa

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    78Vocal
    චාන්දනී පායලා ආදරේ
    Chandani Payala adare

    Vocal Chandrika Siriwardena


    79VocalMusic
    බෝදිලිමා නංගියේ
    Bodilima nangiye



    80VocalMusic
    බිරිඳ මගේ ඔබ
    Birida Mage Oba

    Vocal Nanda Malini


    81VocalMusic
    බිඳුණු පෙම් හද නිවාලන්නට
    Bidunu Pem Hada



    82Vocal
    Wisidela-1997Film Songබිඳුණා... දැහැන් බිඳුණා
    Biduna Dahan Biduna



    83Vocal
    බිංදු බිංදු තාරකා
    Bindu Bindu Tharaka



    84VocalMusic
    බිම්බරක් සෙනග
    Bimbarak Senaga



    85VocalMusic
    ආවාදෝ සන්සාරේ
    Awado Sansare



    86VocalMusic
    ඇසුනත් නෑසෙන
    Asunath Nasena



    87Vocal
    අදුර වැටී එයි
    adura weti eyi

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    88VocalMusic
    අම්මේ නුබේ ඇස්
    Amme nube as



    89Vocal
    අල්ලට ශිල්ප සිගා සරසවි පාරේ
    Allata Shilpa



    90VocalMusic
    අහස උසට නැග ගියාට
    Ahasa Usata Naga Giyata



    91VocalMusic
    අභිසාරිකාවන්ගේ
    Abisarikawange



    92VocalMusic
    ආන් නගේ සල් අත්තේ පාන්කිරිත්තා
    Aan Nage Sal Atte

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    93Music
    දෑස වසාගමි
    Daesa Wasagami

    Vocal Punya Kathriarachchi


    94Music
    සිරීපාදේ වන්දවන්න ඉස ඔලියල් බැඳලා
    Siripade Wandawanna

    Vocal Niranjala Sarojini


    95Music
    අව්වේ මුතු ඇට වපුරා
    Awwe Muthu Ata Wapura

    Vocal Krishantha Erandaka


    96Music
    වෙහෙරක් වගේ පින් දුන් කෙනෙක්
    Veherak Wage Pin Dun Kenek

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    97Music
    සුළඟ නුඹ වගෙයි
    Sulanga Numba Wage

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    98Music
    ශාන්තිනි තෙමා වැටෙයි නළල කුංකුමම්
    Shanthini Thema Watei

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    99Music
    සක්මන් කරන මළුව පාළුයි දේවී
    Sakman Karana Maluwa

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane Vocal Samitha Mudunkotuwa


    100VocalMusic
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