ගුණදාස කපුගේ
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
    1Music
    සිරීපාදේ වන්දවන්න ඉස ඔලියල් බැඳලා
    Siripade Wandawanna

    Vocal Niranjala Sarojini


    2Music
    අව්වේ මුතු ඇට වපුරා
    Awwe Muthu Ata Wapura

    Vocal Krishantha Erandaka


    3Music
    වෙහෙරක් වගේ පින් දුන් කෙනෙක්
    Veherak Wage Pin Dun Kenek

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    4Music
    සුළඟ නුඹ වගෙයි
    Sulanga Numba Wage

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    5Music
    ශාන්තිනි තෙමා වැටෙයි නළල කුංකුමම්
    Shanthini Thema Watei

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    6Music
    සක්මන් කරන මළුව පාළුයි දේවී
    Sakman Karana Maluwa

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane Vocal Samitha Mudunkotuwa


    7VocalMusic
    රුවක් ඇදෙනවා කවුදෝ එනවා
    Ruwak Adenawa Kaudo Enawa

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    8Music
    රෝස තොල් සිඹිමි තොල් මත කඳුළු බිඳු රැඳෙයි
    Rosa Thol Simbimi

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    9Music
    පින්සර ඔබ හැර පිළිබඳ සිතුවිලි
    Pinsara Oba Hara Pilibanda Sithuwili

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    10Music
    ඔබ මා හමුවුන මේ ඉරහඳ යට
    Oba Ma Hamu Una Me Ira Hada Yata

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    11Music
    මුදු මුහුණේ.. සුව දැනුණේ
    Mudu Muhune Suwa Danune

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane Vocal Deepika Priyadarshani


    12Music
    ගහක මල් පිපිලා
    Gahaka Mal Pipila Pipenne Aida Nodannemi

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    13Music
    ඇසට අසුවන මායිමේ
    Asata Asuwana Maime

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    14Music
    Music Videoආදරය සුන්දර වරදකි
    Adaraya Sundara Waradaki

    Vocal Karunarathna Divulgane


    15Music
    සඳ කිඳුරා මිය ගියා.. ගමට එන්න නංගියේ
    Sanda Kindura Miyagiya

    Vocal Janaka Wickramasinghe


    16Music
    අපි කතා නොකර ඉමු.. හිනා නොවී ඉමු
    Api Katha Nokara Imu

    Vocal Janaka Wickramasinghe


    17Music
    සුමුදු වලාවක අඳුර වෙලා නුඹ
    Sumudu Walawaka Andura Wela Numba

    Vocal Chandana Liyanarachchi
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