Rathnayake Arachchilage Victor (Sinhala:වික්ටර් රත්නායක; born 18 February 1942), popularly known as Victor Rathnayake, is a Sri Lankan singer, composer, lyricist and a renowned musician. He was the first Sri Lankan musician to hold a live one-man concert;[1] His concert known as “SA” was first performed in 1973, and was an instant success. Rathnayake credits his success to his “fitting blend of Western music with Ragadari classical music.”[2] His songs deal with diverse themes that vary from love, to patriotism and Buddhism.[3]

Matara Achchi is the first film he composed music for and its Sandakada Pahana song sung by Sunil Edirisinghe is still very popular among Sinhala music fans. Rathnayake also has composed music for films like Siribo Aiya, Podi Malli, Sarungale, Hulavali and Athuru Mithuru.[2] (Read More)