Victor Ratnayake (born February 18, 1942) is a popular Sri Lankan musician. He was the first Sri Lankan musician to hold a live one man concert; His concert known as “SA” was first performed in 1973, and was an instant success. Ratnayake credits his success to his “fitting blend of Western music with Ragadari classical music.” His songs deal with diverse themes that vary from love, to patriotism and Buddhism.
Victor began his musical endeavours at the age of nine, when his father presented him with a harmonium for his birthday. In his teen years, he further honed his musical talents under the guidance of Cyril Perera at the M.P.G. Institute in Mulgampola and later at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies. Though formally trained in the oriental traditions, Victor has also grasped the intricacies of western music and has the celebrity of a distinct and recognizable style. Many, including Victor himself, credits his success to his ability to blend western melodies with ragadari traditions as well as his uncanny skill in selecting musical instruments combined with his inimitable musical arrangements.
Being an entrepreneur, Victor was the first Sri Lankan musician to hold a live one man concert; His concert known as “SA” was first performed in 1973, and was an instant success. His public appearances number in the thousands. Each of them reach out to an audience who have been touched in no mean measure, and triumph his music in their hearts as representing a true Sri-Lankan art form. His themes range from romance, patriotism, Buddhism to an appreciation of the cosmos.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2009
SAA LIVE MUSICAL SHOW….
Victor is one of Sri-Lanka’s most respected and celebrated vocalists, he is also a violinist, a composer, an entrepreneur and above all a legendary musician of exquisite culture. Musician of Victor’s calibre are devotees to their art. They hone their craft through years of effort with prominence to innovation even as they create a cultural ethos that will remain in public praise long after their last performance. Victor has served his people in the midst of sizable critical acclaim since the year 1966. Victor’s melodies form an integral part of the renaissance in the indigenous music. Moreover, his work is seen by many as a continuum in the art forms that characterized the work of his predecessors Sunil Shantha and W.D. Amaradeva.