Angeline Gunathilaka
Angelina Rachel de Lanerolle
  • Birthday : 1939 December 23
  • Died : 2019 March 29

  • Angeline Gunathilaka was born on 23 December 1939 in Matara district, the seventh of ten siblings. She went to St. Mary's Convent Matara for primary education. Her father worked at the Department of Railways. Due to her father's employers transferring him, the family moved to Colombo at the age of 8. She then attended St. Thomas' College, Kotte for secondary education.
    She married Leslie Gunathilaka on 29 March 1966. The couple has 2 daughters. Her grandson, Imal Jude Malwattege, pursued a career in music.
    On 29 March 2019, Gunathilaka died while receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo. Her final rites were held at the General Cemetery Borella on Tuesday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
    Singing career
    At the age of 8, Angeline joined the Radio Ceylon amateur program, and secured the second place in a musical talent show. After that, she studied music under maestro Sunil Santha. At the age of 13, she was selected for the Lamapitiya programme conducted by veteran lyricist and broadcaster Karunaratne Abeysekera.
    Angeline started her singing career with the solo song Adara Ambare. While she performed on the Lamapitiya program, she attended a singing competition called Tharu Thenuma organized by Sri Murugan New Art Films. She won the competition and was selected for first playback singing. Her debut as a playback singer came with the film Sohoyuro screened in 1958. In the same year, she sang the first duet of her career with Sydney Artigla. She then collaborated with Morris Dahanayake, R. Sivananda and V. Vardaraja for duets. Aside from singing, she studied dance under the maestro Panibharatha.
    She rose to prominence within a small period of time, where she met P. L. A. Somapala. He invited Gunathilaka to record songs under HMV label. She recorded songs with Chitral Somapala and Mohideen Baig for the 2500th Buddha Jayanthi commemoration. Along with Buddhist songs, she worked on many Christmas songs, which she sang together with C.T. Fernando under the influence of Marcelline Jayakody. She continued to gain popularity in the Sri Lankan music industry, where she started to play duets with Wally Bastian. She also sang virindu songs for the film Deyyange Rate.
    From 1958 to 1999, Gunathilaka performed as a singer on behalf of many actresses including Leena De Silva, Florida Jayalath, Sandya Kumari, Claris De Silva, Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya, Malani Fonseka, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Soniya Dissanayaka, Shriyani Amarasena, Kanthi Lanka, Sumana Amarasinghe, Fareena Layee, Shrima Koddikara, Sabeetha Perera, Manel Wanaguru, Shriyani Fonseka, Shirani Kurykulasuriya, Anoja Weerasinghe, Swarna Mallawarachchi , Sangeetha Weeraratne, Suvinitha Koongahage, Dilhani Ekanayake, Manel Chandralatha and many more. Gunathilaka gained widespread popularity for a duet with H.R. Jothipala. The two contributed to a vast number of films across many genres. On 9 August 2009, she performed a musical show Angeline Rocks with The Boys at 6.30 pm at the BMICH.
    On 23 August 2014, she performed a live concert at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

    Film Songහද විමන් දොරෙන්
    Hada wiman Dorin

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala

    Abhirahasa-1971Film Songසිතුම් පැතුම් සඳ ආදරේ.. උදාවේ දෝ
    Sithum Pathum Sanda Adare

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    Apsara-1978Film Songසඳ මෝදු වෙලා නැගෙනා
    Sanda Modu Wela Nagena

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    රෑ දවල්.. මල් රැඟුම්.. සිරි පානා
    Re Dawal Mal Hagum Siri Pana

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    රන් පොකුණට දැන් ආමී
    Ran Pokunata Dan Ami

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    රන්මසු රන් කිරි ගරුඬ තලාවක
    Ran Masu Ran Kiri Garuda Thalawaka

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    පෙම්වතියන්නේ පෙම්වතියන්නේ
    Pemwathiyanne Pemwathiyanne

    ඔකඳ වෙලා සිත ඔකඳ වෙලා
    Okanda Wela Sitha Okanda Wela

    Sujeewa-1972Film Songනුපුරුදු හැඟුමකි තෙරපෙන්නේ
    Nupurudu Hangumaki Therapenne

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    නිසංසලයි සීතයි රෑ ගෙවෙන්නේ
    Nisansalai Seethai Re Gewenne

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    මී පිරුණු සුවඳ මල් වනේ
    Mee Pirunu Suwanda Mal Wane

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    මට ආසයි හිනැහෙන්න මුළු ජීවිතේ
    Mata Asai Hinahenna Mulu Jeewithe

    මනාලියක් සඳ වාගේ.. දිලෙන්නේ
    Manaliyak Sanda Wage Dilenne

    Vocal Gratien Ananda Vocal Milton Mallawarachchi
    මල් හිනා.. නගන්න සුසුදු ආදරේ
    Mal Hina Naganna Susudu Adare

    මා එදා.. දෑසින් සනහා
    Ma Eda Dasin Sanaha

    කවදා හෝ සසර කතර අතර මගකදී
    Kawada Ho Sasara Kathara

    ජීවනයේ.. මීවනයේ
    Jeewanaye Meewanaye Pem Rasa

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    (හොඳ සිරියාවයි ආකාසේ
    Honda Siriyawai Akase

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    ගිම්හානේ හද නිවුණා.. මධුර වසන්තය මැවුණා
    Gimhane Hada Niwuna.. Madura Wasanthaya Mavuna

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
    බංගලි වළලු ගෙන එන්නයි
    Bangali Walalu Gena Ennai Poronduwa

    ආවා සොයා ආදරේ
    Awa Soya Adare Geethe Gayai Sagare

    Vocal H.R. Jothipala
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