Lanka breaks her silence
Ranjith Bandara Attanayake
A popular singer of yesteryear Rani Lanka, who is domiciled in Canada
has come to Sri Lanka again for a short vacation. She was a Grade
B songstress in S.L.B.C. who has sung more then 70 songs from 1990.
Lanka making references to her past said she was able to train her
voice as a student singing Psalms at Holy Family Convent and Good
Shepherd Convent. ‘But my father didn't want me to study music
thinking I might neglect my studies,’ she said.
decree of fate sent me to England, Iran and Nigeria to serve as
a montessori teacher and I got a degree in Pre-School Teaching."
Among the famous songs sung by Rani Lanka are Dammika P. Ratnayake's
'Piya Puthu Senehasa', 'Me Uyankone' (Upali Ariyarathne), "Mal
Wasanthe' (Laxman Mallawarachchi) and ‘Awe Awe’ (Kusum
said modern song fans are not familiar with her songs since they
are not being broadcast on Radio Channels. "I have held musical
shows in Sri Lanka and abroad. Once I sang a song 'Tikki Tikiri'
at a musical show in India they encored and I had to present that
song twice', Rani recalled. "The announcer introduced me as
Latha Mangeshkar of Sri Lanka", Rani said.
came out with a story how she had to face a challenge when she was
about to attend a musical show. She said she got an anonymous telephone
call saying not to take part in the musical show with death threat.
immediately informed the Police about this call and Canadian Police
had made arrangements to give me full security around the musical
Pakistan Musician, Nadeemali, music directors Stanley Peiris, Sarath
Wickrama, Sarath de Alwis, Sunil Dharmesena, Therupathi Munesinghe
and Sudath Fernando have provided music for Rani Lanka's renderings.
was worried that most of the newcomers to the musical field have
not identified the cultured values of Sri Lanka. ‘Their music
is noisy. Drowns the voice. Tunes are not mellfluous, she lamented.
Her latest audio 'Susum Podak' is released no in Sri Lanak.