Music is in vogue in any society in the world including even primitive societies. Sri Lanka is not primitive. We have a history spanning over 2500 years. Right throughout this history, many are our sons and daughters of this island who have blossomed into exceptional musicians. Many are the sons and daughters who have been soaked in this musical legacy that has been passed down through the centuries.
Arangements have been made to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of J A Milton Perera on October 26 at Elphinstone theatre, Maradana. Following the commemoration ceremony there will be a musical evening which includes the songs sung by J A Milton Perera.
National Film Corporation Chairman and Milton Perera’s son Priyankara Perera will grace the event. “There will be a gathering of artistes who will honor this event and make it a success,” said Deputy General Manager Lanka Dharamawickrama.
“October 26 is the 19th commemoration ceremony of my father. This ceremony will mark the beginning of his career that started in 1956 till 1991. He produced almost 30 cinematic songs. He has sung 4200 songs. Also I wish to remember T M Sanghadasa. For 19 years without fail he honored J.A. Milton Perera. Sanghadasa did a great deal to the Sri Lankan film industry.” Said Priyankara Perera.
“This has been a continuous and annual event organized by T M Sangadasa who passed away unexpectedly.
“Even though he has left us, as a tribute to him we are carrying on with this performance. This was his dream and we want to carry it forward as a mark of respect. Actors, actresses and musicians will be singing Milton Perera’s famous songs. The band will be the Sri Lanka Army.” said Dharamawickrama.
Sanghadasa was advisor to the Sri Lanka Film Corporation and Kala Lanka foundation chief. He was a one-time Chairman of the Film Corporation during former President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s time. He passed away on September 19, 2010. (Ishara Jayawardane)