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Noteworthy tunes

The intricate emotional process which is very much a sensible process is also automatic when it comes to innately gifted singers such as Anushka Madubashini. Anushka hails from Devata, a small village close to Galle. She is a past pupil of Sangamitta Girls College Galle. She has been disabled since her young days following her father’s demise when she was in Grade three. Calamity struck her family as her mother had to boost the family which comprised of another younger sister against many limitations.

Anushka was however determined to excel in studies and art accomplishing many milestones in music at school. As a teenager, she won several All -Island awards consecutively in singing from 2003 to 2008. She possesses a wide vocal range.

The exposure of innate abilities to sing was after her performances in Derana Dream Star Season II, eight years ago. She was a forerunner for the title, however, owing to the rampant SMS precedent she was eliminated. It is pertinent to cite that Anushka gathered accolades from distinguished musicians such as Vasantha Dukgannarala, Luxman Wijesekera, Indrani Perera, Annesly Malewena, Bathiya and Santhush. The former quipped that Anushka possesses a traditional folk voice while the latter duo was delighted with her voice and singing style. They added that she sings with a lot of soul for the audience to “feel” which a singer should possess.

Anushka won Sri Lanka Youth Awards in the singing category in 2014 and 2015. She is a very peculiar breed of species of human pursuit. She dislikes fame and celebrity status and desires to stay low profile. She is very reserved and does not speak much. After her triumph at the Dream Star contest when there was ample prospect for her to rise to stardom. Anushka had snubbed offers astonishing many in the field. Her voyage in this established field was snail’s tempo with no intention for monetary gains.

She hardly sang on stage. She sang randomly and for charity. What haunted her was the need to pursue a University degree. Her dream was met when she was selected to the University of Visual and Performing Arts. After graduation, she opted initially for a year to be the music teacher at the Lyceum International School in Galle. Her contemporary aspiration on which she is working on now is to read for a PhD in Ethnomusicology in a university in the USA or Germany. When she achieves this ambition, Anushka wishes to impart her vast expertise to Sri Lankan music as the first in Sri Lanka with a PhD conferred.

Owing to her busy schedule in travelling to and from Colombo and with her University obligations, over the last few years, she had only concentrated in working in Derana Dell Studio with Mahesh Denipitiya who she asserts as her maestro also at Singhagiri studio. Anushka had toured Melbourne once with the sponsorship of Derana in 2010. She later toured all states in Australia with the Mahesh Denepitiya orchestra where she was primarily a chorus singer. It was only in February this year she participated in the Mahesh Denepitiya’s “Hitz Beatz” at NelumPokuna theatre. The justification of Anushka’s snail’s tempo stance is well illustrated by the reality that Anushka’s first song Ridunu Then Jeevithe Bomai which was officially launched last year. The music direction was by Aruna Gunawardena and lyrics by Amila Thenuwara. She won the best music award at the State music awards for this song in 2018.

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