The name Premasiri khemadasa meant “music”, the tireless stream of music.
Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa is a great Sinhala musician in Sri Lanka, who directed the nation to a new different era of Music. The music of Sinhala cinema is always bound to his name, starting from “Roddie Kella” to “Agnidahaya” including many Sinhala films such as “Bambaru ewith”, “Hansawila”, “Golu hadawatha” and “Nidhanaya”. In my personnel favour, the most reflective films of his talents in music direction are “Hansawila” and “Bambaru ewith”. Some of the teledramas composed by him are “Dandubasnamanaya” by Jayantha Chandrasiri, and “Asala Kaluwara”.
Dr. Khemadasa contributed the music world not only by film composing. He introduced simphoneys (i.e Muhuda), operas (being the only Sinhala opera composer) and cantatas (the one and only buddihst cantata – Pirinivan mangalya) to the country carrying a light to the hundreds of followers. He musicized many songs like “Landune” and “Minisa” sung by Amarasiri Peiris, “Wikasitha pem” by Pandith Amaradeva.
The void made to the stream of music by his passing away……who can fill? but remainings remain…..forever !!!
Aadaraye Oba Obamai
Maa Oba Nova
Oba Maa Nova…..
Handunagaththoth Oba Ma…..
“A legend never dies”