Chitrananda Abeysekera was responsible of creating many popular radio and movie songs.
His ideas came to life with the participation of all most all the singers and musicians
at his time. H. R. Jothipala, Dayaratne Ranatunge, Sanath Nandasiri, T. M. Jayaratne,
Neela Wickramasinghe, Amara Ranatunge, Mauris Dhanayake, Sisira Senaratne, Al Haj
Mohideen Beig, Indrani Senaratne, Nalini Ranasinghe, P. V. Nandasiri, Rohana Siriwardane,
M. S. Fernando, W. D. Amaradewa, Bandula Wijeweera, Latha Walpola, Edward Jayakody,
Chitra Somapala, Rupa Indumathi, Lakshaman Rodrigo, J. A. Milton Perera, Malini Bulathsinghala,
B. Victor Perera, Niranjala Sarojini Peries, Swarnalatha Kaveeshwara, Milton Mallawarachchi,
Rukmani Devi, Anjaline Gunathilake, Chandrika Siriwardane, Nanda Pathirana, Sujatha
Atthanayake, G. S. B. Rani Perera, Dharmadasa Walpola, Christy Leonard Perera, K.
Rani, Sidney Attygalle, Srimathi Rasadari, Chandra de Silva, L. M. Perera, Narada
Dissasekera, and A. J. Kareem were given life to Chitrananda's poetic words.
One time he was the leading movie lyricist however in 1966 he had to step down working
for movies since Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation authorities banned their employees'
involvement in the movie industry. But he continued writing songs for radio and eventually
became one of the leading and popular lyricists in the island.
His book “Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi” consists of one hundred of his lyrics.
For the last two thousand and three hundred years or so, the Branch of the Sacred
Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi has flourished in the Maha Mevuna Uyana, Anuradhapura showering
its benign blessing on the country and the people. Millions upon millions, local
and foreign have venerated the sacred Bodhi at Anuradhapura and continue to do so
with greater devotion. At a time like this, the appearance of Chitrananda Abeysekera’s
“Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi” is timely, opportune and praiseworthy.
“Daily News” Review On “Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi”