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Narada Wijesuriya:

His words which touch our hearts

28 November, 2021

Narada Wijesuriya, better known for his words which can speak to the depth of our hearts is a man of letters. As a seasoned journalist, lyricist, poet and author, he has stolen our hearts. The creativity embedded in his words can take the readers to another world filled with love and humanity. Indeed, Narada wants to instill virtues into our hearts with his lyrical and poetic language.

His songs

Speaking of his songs , his most popular songs such as Me Irayi Handai Thani Ahasak sung by Amarasiri Peiris, Hanthanata sung by Lakshman Hewavitharana and Oba Gindara Dalu Pirichcha sung by Umali Thilakaratne still stay in our hearts.

Significantly, Narada is subtle, crafty and clever in his expressions. It would be correct to say that he lets his feelings flow like a cascade when writing poems.

Significantly, Narada Wijesuriya recently clinched the state television award for the lyrics he penned for the teledrama Thaththa.

His song Hadannata Wehi Binduwak was nominated for the award together with veteran lyricists Mahinda Chandrasekara and Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka. “Being nominated alongside giant wordsmiths such as Mahinda Chandrasekara and Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka itself was a big honour for me.

Don’t ask me how I feel after winning the award? It is indeed a significant achievement in my life and career. Rohana Dharmakeerthi who is the music director won the award for his music; this song was about the unspoken love, affection and suffering of a father.

The father is serving long prison term. His little son grows up but never visits his father in prison. But his son is not aware of his father but his father thinks that his son deliberately ignores him.

After years the son learns the true story and decides to visit his father but by then, sadly, his father had died. “Narada said about the song. Another example for his creative spirit is Oba Gindara Dalu Pirichcha penned by Narada.

He penned this song after he got impressed by Sakura flowers and Mt. Fuji. In addition, what comes into mind is “Mathaka Potha”. It is autobiographical but not the whole story of his life.

His memories come in this book in a poetic language.

A song for a teledrama

Sometimes we murmur teledrama or film songs but don’t know the difference between a normal song and a teledrama song.

As noted by the veteran lyricist Narada Wijesuriya, we have to let our feelings decide the content of the song because there is no limit to our creative freedom in writing a normal song. “Writing a normal song and writing a song for a teledrama are totally different things. When we write a normal song we let our feelings decide the content.

There is no limit to our creative freedom. No one directs terms to us. It is solely in our hands to dent with our emotions, sentiments and creativity. But writing a song for a film or a teledrama is far different.

We have to focus on the story and the background of the film and teledrama. We should understand the purpose of the song and the essence of the teledrama or the film before writing the song.” He said. Needless to say that there is a generation dwelling in his lyrics which can touch many hearts.