Dr.Premasiri Khemadasa

Birth name     :- Guruge Premasiri Khemadasa Perera
Born               :- 25 January 1937 (Wadduwa, Sri Lanka)
Origin             :- Sri Lanka
Died               :- 24 October 2008 (aged 71)
Genres           :- Sri Lankan music, Classical music
Occupations :- Music director, composer

Exploring the various styles of music around the world Khemadasa endeavoured to develop a unique style of music. He combined Sinhala folk tunes, Hindustani music, Western music and many other streams of music in his compositions while adapting them to fit contemporary music.

Khemadasa grew up in Talpitiya, Wadduwa and attended St. John's College Panadura and then Sri Sumangala College Panadura. As a teenager, he became a gifted flautist.

Khemadasa was asked to come to the Radio Ceylon for an interview on the day he was scheduled to take his Senior School Certificate examination. He finished the examination much ahead of time and travelled to the audition. He passed the audition and became a member of Radio Ceylon.

His two daughters Anupa and Gayathri now moved into father's stream.

Music director

Films

Sobana Sitha (1964)
Sanasuma Kothanada (1966)
Manamalayo (1967)
Golu Hadawatha (1968)
Nidanaya (1972)
Desa Nisa (1975)
Bambaru Awith (1978)
Muwan Palassa 1 (1979)
Hansa Wilak (1980)
Janaka saha Manju
Kaliyugaya (1983)
Thunweni Yamaya (1983)
Yuganthaya (1985)
Avurududa (1986)
Sandakada Pahana (1988)
Kristhu Charithaya (1990)
Gini Awi Saha Gini Keli (1998)
Agni Dahaya (2002)
Garilla Markating
Sudu Alu saha Kalu
Maldeniye Simiyon
Surabi dena
Sirimadura
Sonduru Dadabima
Randiya dahara
Ammawarune
Kanyawi

Stage Dramas

Bari Sil
Sithijaya
Manasa Wila
Doramadala
Mora
Ath
Havila sara
Diriya Mawa saha Age Daruwo

Operas

Manasa Villa
Sonduru warnadasi
Agni (opera)

Teledramas

Ella Laga Walawwa
Golu Hadawatha
Weda Hamine
Dandubasnamanaya
Durganthaya
Rajina
Akalasandya
Bogala Soundiris
Diya Bubula
Idorayaka Mal pipila
Uthamavi

Awards

1966

Sanasuma Kothanada

Eksath Lanka Rasika Sangamaya

1969

Golu Hadawatha

Sarasaviya Best Music Direction

1970

Nari Latha

Sarasaviya Best Music Direction

1973

Nidhanaya

Wicharaka Sammanaya

1979

Bambaru Awith

Presidential Award

1980

Wasanthe Dawasak

O.C.I.C Award

1984

Thunweni Yamaya

O.C.I.C Award

1986

Yuganthaya

O.C.I.C Award
Sarasaviya Best Music Direction

1990

Sandakada Pahana

Sarasaviya Best Music Direction

1992

Dolosmahe Pahana

Sarasaviya Best Music Direction

1996

Dandubasnamanaya

Sumathi Teli Award

2001

Rajina

Sumathi Teli Award