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Death of Ajantha Ranasinghe

Veteran journalist and lyricist Dr. Ajantha Ranasinghe died on Saturday around 1.30 p.m. at the Colombo National Hospital following a brief illness. He was 76. Born in Thalannehera, in the Kuliyapitiya District, Ranasinghe studied at St. John's College, Nugegoda.

He started his career as a lyricist at Karunarathne Abeysekera's Lama Pitiya and continued to write songs for singers such as Amaradeva, Rukmani Devi, H. R. Jothipala, Sanath Nandasiri, Victor Rathnayake and Rookantha Gunathilaka.

Ranasinghe has contributed to nearly 60 films as a lyricist, working with veteran music directors such as Premasiri Khemadasa, Sarath Dasanayake and Somadasa Elvitigala. He lived through the era of writing Sinhala lyrics to Hindi music, such as Ninda Nena Rathriye, to writing lyrics to original music, Sandakada Pahane Ru Siri Warune. He has won several coveted awards for his contribution to Sinhala lyrics writing such as the Best Song Writer of the Year on three occasions and the State Literary Award. He worked at the Lake House as a reporter and then as an editor for 25 years.

Ranasinghe held the positions of Provincial News Editor and Local News Editor at Dinamina, Features Editor of Janatha and worked as the Editor in Chief of Nawayugaya for 1 1/2 years. After leaving Lake House, Ranasinghe joined Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) as a consultant. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. 


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