J. A. Milton Perera (1929– October 24, 1991) was a leading playback singer of Sri Lankan cinema during the 1960s and 1970s.
Milton was born on May 9, 1929 the son of J. A. Edwin Perera, also known as Tabla Podi Appuhamy, an accomplished tabla player. Inspired by his father, Milton became proficient on the tabla at a young age.
In 1940, Milton sang his first song for Radio Ceylon, “Alehi Bendi Jeewitha”. It was written by Aloy Gunawardena around a Mohamed Sally melody. He subsequently had several popular songs on the radio, “Podi Kale Api Denna,” “Oba Wewa Wewa Pahana Mage”, “Sikuru liya Komala liya” and “Kalyaniye.”
Milton debut to playback singing came with a song on Kurulu Bedda (1961). In his 30 year career in the field, he provided his voice to actors like Gamini Fonseka, Joe Abeywickrama, Tony Ranasinghe, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Ananda Jayaratne, D. R. Nanayakkara, Anthony C. Perera and Stanley Perera in such films as Adata Wediya Heta Hondai, Dheewarayo, Yatagiya Dawasa, Allapu Gedara, Bicycle Hora, Daru Duka, Sarawita, Ataweni Pudumaya, Chandiya and Deiyange Theenduwa.
Milton died on October 24, 1991. In memory of Milton, Perera Priyankara Perera and Chalaka Chamupanthi Perera continue to perform J.A Milton Perera’s songs in his memory.
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