Hiran is a vocalist, record producer and a song writer. His dedication brought his band “6th Lane” to mainstream recognition in Sri Lanka. He initially signed with M Entertainment/Universal Music in 2004, his debut album with 6thLane released under the ME label.
Hiran being a versatile person, began another career in 2008, by becoming a Dental Surgeon.
Music has been Hiran’s life blood from a very young age. The fact that he is a vocalist, record producer and a song writer is a testament to his dedication and determination to make a name for himself in this highly competitive field. This he did when his band 6th Lane landed a contract with the renowned record label M Entertainment/UMI in 2004. He went onto release a very successful debut album under this label.
In a bid to complement his music career with a more stable profession, Hiran’s proven academic competence helped him to successfully graduate from the University of Peradeniya-Sri Lanka as a Dental Surgeon.
Despite the name of his digital record label being “Colombo Records,” Hiran was born in Panadura, Sri Lanka on July 13th. He was born into a humble middle class family that put a premium on hard work and tenacity.
It was in fact Hiran’s mother Ramya Thenuwara (a former school teacher) who taught Hiran his very first music lesson using a pipe organ which his late father Mr. G.K. Thenuwara had brought for him. It was at Hiran’s alma mater, Royal College-Colombo that he met his soon to be group members; Lakshita, Udaya, Ishara, and then Lakshan and Tharaka who formed the 6th Lane music band. While Ishara was the initial rapper of the group, he relinquished this position to Chamath a.k.a. Fill-T who went onto rap in the famous “Malpettak” song which was produced by Hiran. The song was of an unprecedented nature, since it was the very first time that a hip hop/rnb song was infused with Sinhalese lyrics. The song was first aired on MBC Radio networks/Sirasa radio back in 1999. It received much praise from Mr. Kelum Srimal; one of the heavy weights of Sri Lankan media.
Hiran then went onto produce two pop songs by the names of “Aale” and “Vassanaya”. The quality of the latter was noted by a Sri Lankan Prime TV station by the name of Swarnavahini which went onto produce the debut music video of 6th Lane. The music video which was directed by Prasanga Gunasingha (From wide angle productions) was a chart topper in Swarnavahini’s Heart Beat show.
However as time wore on, Ishara, Lakshita and Udaya broke away from the group with intentions on pursuing their professional carrier pathways. Hiran himself managed to secure entrance into the Faculty of Dental Sciences at the University of Peradeniya-Sri Lanka. Then he faced a momentous challenge in balancing the demands of his education and his musical aspirations.
Undeterred, Hiran embraced the challenge and continued to pursuit his passion in music. Mr. C. who has made a name for himself for spotting talent (Mr.P is the brother of Mr.C who brought Hiran’s demo to Mr.C), picked Hiran as a protégé when the latter was in the process of producing “6th Lane” debut which was released under the M Entertainment label in September 2004. The album served to be an instant hit judging by the commercial success of his singles “malpettak” and “amma.” Both of them, each respectively climbed to the number one spot in the Sri Lankan charts in 2004-05. Hiran also featured in three tracks in debut album of one of Sri Lanka’s most popular musicians, Iraj. He rapped in Sinhalese in “Polowa Palagena,” singing in “Hansiye” and writing the lyrics for “Suragana Kirilliye.”
Hiran’s solo “Blue Soul,” a hiphop/r&b track in English topped the No. 1 spot in the Sun FM top 40, the most famous English music radio channel in Sri Lanka. His new metal track with Fill-T “Conflagration” topped the TNL Rock Charts, another famous English Radio Channel in Sri Lanka. However it was Hiran’s single “Amma” that managed to shake the foundations of Sri Lanka’s music industry. A most wanted music video director in Sri Lanka Ayesh Wijeratne did his debut music video production for this song in the year 2005. Hiran’s lead single “Nitambani” rapped by Fill-T propelled him to stardom when the single was aired internationally and peaked on BBC Radio 1 Asian Chart show.
Hiran introduced Sri Lanka’s first female rapper to the industry; Shai and collaborated with her in the making of the chart topper “Sandurathri” and its English version, “Moon Light.” The video of this was Indika Wickramarachi’s (from Skit Digital) debut as a music video producer. It was coproduced by Prasanna Andradi.
Despite his overwhelming academic workload, Hiran continued to produce music.
In 2008 he recorded a duet in collaboration with Nathasha Perera a young female artist in Sri Lanka. He dedicated this track to street children and donated the revenue from the track to their welfare. This led to a remarkable enhancement of his profile.
After having graduated from the University of Peradeniaya, he says “at least now I have my nights to work in my studio. It was so hard to concentrate on studies when you see the world moving. But now I am happy because I feel that I am stronger and I did the right thing. It was only for a few years that I couldn’t do much music but for the rest of my life now I will be called a doctor. That is so amazing.”
Hiran’s follow-up, “Soldier,” in 2009 was an even bigger phenomenon, a track which was dedicated to physically challenged war heroes in Sri Lanka, rapped in Sinhalese by Hiran himself, Fill-T and Ishara a.k.a. Isolate. This track featured a group of children who topped the Sri Lanka’s pioneer children’s’ reality show produced by a famous TV Station by the name of TV Derana.
Capitalizing on the Cricket World Cup fever in 2011, Hiran released a Music Video by the name of “Cricketians” as a tribute to the Sri Lanka Cricket team. This was featured by Lakshan,Ruwanthi, Smokani and Hiran’s new invention Anuk.
Hiran is planning on making a career cross into the English Language music market. This was evidence by his debut dance/pop track “Don’t slow it down” released in September 2011 featuring Arisha.