H. M. Jayawardena

Herath Muidiyanselage Jayawardena (17 March 1950 – 18 April 2019: Sinhala: එච්. එම්. ජයවර්ධන), popularly as H. M. Jayawardena, was a Sri Lankan flutist, musician and composer.[1] One of the most respected musicians in Sri Lanka, Jayawardena started his musical career as a flutist and later became a popular music director and composer.[2]

Sri Lankan composer and musician (1950–2020)
H. M. Jayawardena
එච්. එම්. ජයවර්ධන
Born
Herath Muidiyanselage Jayawardena

(1950-03-17)17 March 1950

Monaragala, Sri Lanka
Died 18 April 2019(2019-04-18) (aged 69)

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Resting place Kanatte Cemetery
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Passara Maha Vidyalaya
Occupation Composer, musician
Spouse(s) Malani Bulathsinhala (m. 1978)
Children Kasun Kalhara , Nirmani Chaya
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals, flute
Years active 1959–2015
Labels
  • HMV
  • Torana
Musical artist

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Jayawardena was born on 17 March 1950[N 1] in the village Siyambalanduwa, Monaragala, Sri Lanka as the eldest of the family.[3] His father H. M. Wijayasundara was a farmer and his mother D.M. Ranmenika was a housewife. He received his primary education at Siyambalanduwa School. After passing the grade 5 scholarship examination, he entered Passara Maha Vidyalaya for secondary education.[4]

He was married to fellow musician and songstress Malani Bulathsinhala[5] and the wedding was celebrated on 30 December 1978,[6] and was the father of popular musician Kasun Kalhara.[7] His only daughter, Nirmani Chaya died in 1991 at the age of three due to dengue fever.[8][9] Malani was in the United States to perform a concert when she was found dead in the bathroom at the residence of the Sri Lanka consul Tissa Wijeratne on 29 March 2001 at the age of 51.[10] It is believed that her death was caused by anaphylaxis brought on by an allergic reaction to hair dye.[11]

Jayawardena died on 18 April 2019 at the age of 69, while receiving treatments for prolonged kidney failure at Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila.[1] His body was laid at the Jayaratna Respect Reneral Home in Borella and the last rites were performed at the Kanatte Cemetery on Wednesday at 3 pm.[3][12][13]

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