Victor Rathnayake, a popular musician who is doing a great work in Sinhala music, Sri Lanka. He was born in February 18, 1942 at Kadugannawa. He has 10 siblings and he is the 03rd one. James Rathnayake was his father and Sumanawathi Mayadunna was his mother. In 1946, he started his studies at Kadugannawa Maha Vidyalaya and thereafter he got the knowledge of basic lessons of some of northern Indian music and he practiced voice training and learnt to play various instruments including harmonium and violin. After that, Victor Rathnayake performed better in both playing instruments and singing categories.
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In 1965, he presented his first music program at radio stations run by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, as a “Grade A” singer. His first sing was “Sida bida mohaduru papa” written by Arisen Ahubudu master. In addition to that, Victor Rathnayake presented “Golu muhude muthu ate” and “Atha penena himiwu kadumatha” songs. And “Dewagana paradana komala katha” song was his first song recorded to a cassette. “Mayurasana matha weda hidina” and “Obe sewanalla wage nam” songs were sung by Victor Rathnayake at the “Sarala Gee” program at “welada” radio station. During this time, he was able to be a music teacher at Aththalapitiya Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela. In 1966 (November 01, 1966), he married Rathnalatha Jayasinghe and Victor Rathnayake is lucky to have 04 children. They are Jayantha, Chandani, Manjula and Lelum.
In 1957, he joined to M.G.P. Art Acadamy and as the singer and the instrument player, he collaborated in R. A. Chandrasena’s musical concert at Lake Hall in Kandy, few years. As the first step to film industry, “Matara Achchi” is the first film he composed music in 1971.
The maiden “Sa” concert which goes with “Victor Rathnayake” name was held in 1975 at the Lumbini Theatre, Havelock Town. In 1976, it was held at Kadireshan Hall, Wellawaththa, with successfully presented the 300th show and in 1984, Victor Rathnayake was able to held the 1000th show of this “Sa” concert at the BMICH. Actually this “Sa” concert can be considered as a turning point in Sri Lankan music. To date, Victor Rathnayake has sung around 2000 songs and he has composed music for more than 2500 songs.
In 1979, Victor Rathnayake received the award for the best background vocalist at the Presidential Award Ceremony. And in 1981, he was awarded as the best music composer for “Siri bo ayya” of Ariyarathna at the Presidential Award Ceremony.