Rohana Weerasinghe is a Sri Lankan musician and composer.
Weerasinghe was born on 18 February 1949 in Algiriya, Matara in southern Sri Lanka. He was the youngest child to his parents Henry Weerasinghe and Sepalin Weerasinghe. In 1954, Weerasinghe started schooling from Good Shepard Family Convent in Nuwara Eliya, and later moved to Vidyachakra Buddhist School Ruwan Eliya, Welimada Maha Vidyalaya, Pannipitya Dharmapala Vidyalaya and Gamini Maha Vidyalaya Nuwara Eliya.
In 1977, Weerasinghe married to Leela Beatrice De Silva, a Dancing teacher in profession. They had two sons, Kalindu Gajaba and Chirath Kanishka.
Weerasinghe learnt the basics of music from K.V.S Perera Kithsiri Aluthge. He was able to enter the Government Music School of Sri Lanka for further studies in Oriental Music by mastering Sitar. Later he joined maestro Premasiri Khemadasa as a Sitar player in his Orchestra. Weerasinghe became a key Sitar player for music concerts of prominent Singers in Sri Lanka such as Victor Ratnayake’s Sa, Nanda Malini’s Shrawana Aradhana and Sanath Nandasiri’s Swarna Kundala.
Weerasinghe taught music in D. S. Senanayake College, Senananda Maha Vidyalaya Meepilimanna and Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte as a government music teacher. In 1982, he joined “Sing Lanka” studios as a Sound Engineer. At that time, he composed T. M. Jayaratne’s Ekasitha dethanaka, Hiruta Horen and Neela Wickramasinghe’s Punchi Sithe Punchi Sina which became popular songs in Sri Lanka. So far he has created melodies for over 4000 songs, which includes films, teledramas, stage plays.
Weerasinghe has been the Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka in Cultural and Aesthetic Affairs since 2006.
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