Ellamulla Kapuge Gunadasa (Sinhala:එල්ලමුල්ල කපුගේ ගුණදාස) better known by his stage name Gunadasa Kapuge was a legendary Sri Lankan musician. He was well known among Sri Lankans due to the philosophical background of his music renditions and lyrics selected for his work. Kapuge’s one man show called “Kampana” was a historical advent of the Sinhala music industry.
Kapuge was born on August 7, 1945 in the tiny village of Thanabaddegama in Elpitiya. 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. In 1963, he left Haywood college of music, 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 programme producer. In 1981, he was appointed in charge of the music section of the Rajarata Sevaya and later on promoted to the position of the controller of the station. Rajarata Sevaya is one of the provincial radio stations of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He later married Prema Withanage in 1978.
Kapuge’s initial release was titled “Daesa Nilupul Thema” in 1973, which became an instant hit. 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. 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 other. His first movie background music gig was for the Stanley Perera’s “Sandha.” In 1980, Kapuge released his first music compact cassette titled “Dhampatin Laa Sandha” featuring Malini Bulathsinhala.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia