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
    1MusicVocal
    සුදු නැන්දා ඇයි ගේ දොර වැහුවේ
    Sudu Nanda Ai Ge Dora Wahuwe



    2Vocal
    සුභ ප්‍රාර්ථනා කියමන්
    Subha prarthana kiyaman



    3VocalMusic
    සොයා නොගොසින දමා නගරය
    soya nogosina dama nagaraya



    4Vocal
    සොඳුර නුඹ ලිහිණියක
    Sondura Numba Lihiniyaka



    5VocalMusic
    සිටු කුමාරියේ …. නුඹට සීතල අගුණයි
    Situ Kumariye



    6VocalMusic
    සිත නිවා පහන් කළ
    Sitha Niwa Pahan Kala



    7Vocal
    සිරි පොද වැස්ස වහි
    Siripoda Wassa Wahi

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    8Vocal
    සිංහල සිංදු කියන
    Sinhala Sindu Kiyana



    9Vocal
    ශිල්ප අරන් එන්න කියා
    Shilpa Aran Enta Kiya

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    10Vocal
    සෙනෙහෙ සිතින්
    Senehe sithin



    11VocalMusic
    සීතල සඳ එලියේ
    Seethala Sanda Eliye



    12Vocal
    සීත පිණි බිඳු
    Seetha Pini Bindu



    13Vocal
    සේද සිහින සුදු දුන්හිඳ ඔබ
    Seda Sinindu Sudu



    14VocalMusic
    සද්ධර්ම මකරන්ද පද රශ්මි ජාලා
    Saddharma Makaranda


    15Vocal
    සඳ රෑ සිහිනයේ
    Sanda Re Sihinaye



    16Vocal
    සමනොළ කන්ද සදිසි
    Samanola Kanda Sadisi



    17Vocal
    සැලෙනා ලොවේ
    Salena Lowe


    18VocalMusic
    සලන සුසුම සැඩ සුළඟයි
    Salana Susuma



    19Vocal
    සල් ගහ මුදුනේ මලක් පිපී
    Sal Gaha Mudune Malak Pipi



    20VocalMusic
    සබඳ අපි කදු නොවෙමු
    Sabada Api Kadu Nowemu



    21Vocal
    රුවන් මල් හැලී
    Ruwan Mal Hali



    22Vocal
    රම්‍ය නගරය
    Ramya Nagaraya



    23VocalMusic
    රෑ මැදියම
    Ra Madiyama



    24Vocal
    පුර හදට පේන්නට පන්සලේ
    Pura Handata Penenennata



    25Vocal
    පුජාච පුජනීයානම්
    pujacha Pujaneeyanam



    26Vocal
    ප්‍රේමයේ... ප්‍රේම වපරැස කරකවා
    Premaye Prema Waparesa



    27VocalMusic
    පිය සටහන්
    Piya satahan



    28Vocal
    පියාපත් වලාකුළු
    Piyapath Walakulu



    29Vocal
    පියාඹන්න අවසරයි
    Piyabanna Awasarai



    30VocalMusic
    අපි අසරණ වෙලා වගේ
    Api Asarana Wela Wage



    31Vocal
    පිච්ච මල් පිපී හිනහෙන
    Pichcha Mal Pipee

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    32VocalMusic
    Pasak Kota Athi
    පසක් කොට ඇති සසර දුක් ගිනි



    33Vocal
    පන්සල පාමුල
    Pansala Pamula

    Vocal Anula Bulathsinhala
    34VocalMusic
    Paluwa dewanath karala
    පාළුව දෙවනත් කරලා



    35Vocal
    පාලු අමු සොහොනේ
    Palu Amu Sohone



    36VocalMusic
    පලංචියේ වැඩ ඉඳගෙන
    Palanchiye Wada Indagena

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    37VocalMusic
    පබළු නගේ නාමල් තිලකේ
    Pabalu Nage



    38VocalMusic
    ඔබට යන්නම ඕනෑ නම්
    Obata Yannama Ona Nam



    39VocalMusic
    ඔබ පෙම් කරනා ඔබේ කුමාරී
    Oba Pem Karana



    40Vocal
    නිර්මලා
    Nirmala Nam Dariya

    Vocal Niranjala Sarojini


    41Vocal
    නින්ද නැති රැයේ
    Ninda Nathi Raye



    42Vocal
    නිල්ගිරි හිස
    Nil Giri Hisa


    43Vocal
    ගංඟාවේ....ගීතේ
    Gangawe geethe



    44Vocal
    ගමේ එන්නට හිතෙන්නෑ මට
    Game Ennata



    45VocalMusic
    දුක හාදු දෙන රැයේ
    Duka Hadu Dena Raye



    46Vocal
    දොඹ මල් කැලෑවේ බඹරුන් ගැයූ
    Domba mal kalawe



    47VocalVocal
    දියාළුවෝ
    Diyaluwo



    48VocalMusic
    දෙතොල නොකී දේ දෙනෙතේ කියවෙනවා
    Dethola Nokee De



    49VocalMusic
    දවසේ කරදර කර උඩ
    Dawase Karadara Kara Uada



    50VocalMusic
    දවසක් පැල නැති හේනේ
    Dawasak Pala Nathi Hene



    51VocalMusic
    දෑස නිලුපුල් තෙමා
    Daasa Nilupul Thema



    52Vocal
    දන මන පිනවා
    Dana mana Pinawa



    53Vocal
    දම්පාටින් ලා සද බැස යනවා
    Dam patin la sanda besa yanawa

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    54Vocal
    චාන්දනී පායලා ආදරේ
    Chandani Payala adare

    Vocal Chandrika Siriwardena


    55VocalMusic
    බෝදිලිමා නංගියේ
    Bodilima nangiye



    56VocalMusic
    බිරිඳ මගේ ඔබ
    Birida Mage Oba

    Vocal Nanda Malini


    57VocalMusic
    බිඳුණු පෙම් හද නිවාලන්නට
    Bidunu Pem Hada



    58Vocal
    Wisidela-1997Film Songබිඳුණා... දැහැන් බිඳුණා
    Biduna Dahan Biduna



    59Vocal
    බිංදු බිංදු තාරකා
    Bindu Bindu Tharaka



    60VocalMusic
    බිම්බරක් සෙනග
    Bimbarak Senaga



    61VocalMusic
    ආවාදෝ සන්සාරේ
    Awado Sansare



    62VocalMusic
    ඇසුනත් නෑසෙන
    Asunath Nasena



    63Vocal
    අදුර වැටී එයි
    adura weti eyi

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    64VocalMusic
    අම්මේ නුබේ ඇස්
    Amme nube as



    65Vocal
    අල්ලට ශිල්ප සිගා සරසවි පාරේ
    Allata Shilpa



    66VocalMusic
    අහස උසට නැග ගියාට
    Ahasa Usata Naga Giyata



    67VocalMusic
    අභිසාරිකාවන්ගේ
    Abisarikawange



    68VocalMusic
    ආන් නගේ සල් අත්තේ පාන්කිරිත්තා
    Aan Nage Sal Atte

    Vocal Malani Bulathsinhala


    69Music
    දෑස වසාගමි
    Daesa Wasagami

    Vocal Punya Kathriarachchi


    70Music
    සිරීපාදේ වන්දවන්න ඉස ඔලියල් බැඳලා
    Siripade Wandawanna

    Vocal Niranjala Sarojini


    71Music
    අව්වේ මුතු ඇට වපුරා
    Awwe Muthu Ata Wapura

    Vocal Krishantha Erandaka


    72Music
    වෙහෙරක් වගේ පින් දුන් කෙනෙක්
    Veherak Wage Pin Dun Kenek

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    73Music
    සුළඟ නුඹ වගෙයි
    Sulanga Numba Wage

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    74Music
    ශාන්තිනි තෙමා වැටෙයි නළල කුංකුමම්
    Shanthini Thema Watei

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    75Music
    සක්මන් කරන මළුව පාළුයි දේවී
    Sakman Karana Maluwa

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane Vocal Samitha Mudunkotuwa


    76VocalMusic
    රුවක් ඇදෙනවා කවුදෝ එනවා
    Ruwak Adenawa Kaudo Enawa

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    77Music
    රෝස තොල් සිඹිමි තොල් මත කඳුළු බිඳු රැඳෙයි
    Rosa Thol Simbimi

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    78Music
    පින්සර ඔබ හැර පිළිබඳ සිතුවිලි
    Pinsara Oba Hara Pilibanda Sithuwili

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    79Music
    ඔබ මා හමුවුන මේ ඉරහඳ යට
    Oba Ma Hamu Una Me Ira Hada Yata

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    80Music
    මුදු මුහුණේ.. සුව දැනුණේ
    Mudu Muhune Suwa Danune

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane Vocal Deepika Priyadarshani


    81Music
    ගහක මල් පිපිලා
    Gahaka Mal Pipila Pipenne Aida Nodannemi

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    82Music
    ඇසට අසුවන මායිමේ
    Asata Asuwana Maime

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    83Music
    Music Videoආදරය සුන්දර වරදකි
    Adaraya Sundara Waradaki

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    84Music
    සඳ කිඳුරා මිය ගියා.. ගමට එන්න නංගියේ
    Sanda Kindura Miyagiya

    Vocal Janaka Wickramasinghe


    85Music
    අපි කතා නොකර ඉමු.. හිනා නොවී ඉමු
    Api Katha Nokara Imu

    Vocal Janaka Wickramasinghe


    86Music
    සුමුදු වලාවක අඳුර වෙලා නුඹ
    Sumudu Walawaka Andura Wela Numba

    Vocal Chandana Liyanarachchi
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