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Shakti
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  7 May 2007 02:56:17 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Correction:

Among other popular poems he wrote were *Ranwan paatai samanalayaa* and *Me gase boho..peni dhodam ethi*.


Munidasa Cumaratunage never wrote 'Me gase boho, peni dodam thibe...' It was written by an educationalist (cant remember his name, not a famous character)

I do not think he even wrote 'Ranvan patai samanayala' because he always wrote poems with some meaning. It is an insult to attribute a meaningless poem like 'Ranvan patai samanalaya...to him if he has not written that'

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Edited By - Shakti - 7 May 2007 03:03:43 GMT
Mucha-linda
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  7 May 2007 03:20:20 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Munidasa Cumaratunage never wrote 'Me gase boho, peni dodam thibe...' It was written by an educationalist (cant remember his name, not a famous character)

I do not think he even wrote 'Ranvan patai samanayala' because he always wrote poems with some meaning. It is an insult to attribute a meaningless poem like 'Ranvan patai samanalaya...to him if he has not written that'


SHAKTI,

I will certainly address your grievances by COB tomorrow.

Cheers.

-Muchi

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Shakti
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  7 May 2007 03:49:08 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Correcting a statement made by somebody who knows very little about Sinhala literature is not any grievance.

Why wait till tomorrow, when there is enough evidence in the web?

http://sundaytimes.lk/070408/Plus/016_pls.html

Another subject of discussion was the story behind the popular song Nil ahas tale agei - ne walakulu first sung in the early 1940s. Ever since Tissa Abeyesekera gave it a fresh lease of life when he used it in his film, Mahagedara (1982), we hear it every now and then. Ranjit was keen to trace the original singer. Well known educationist U.G.P. de Silva who had first sung the song, had told Ranjit that he had written the lyrics along with U.D. Perera who composed the music.

Two other very popular children's songs, Me gase boho - peni dodam thibe and Handa hami hangi hangi ebila balanawa had also been composed and sung by him. They remain eternal favourites.


Now, perhaps we can hear about 'Ranvan paatai samanalaya?

Those who distort the facts about literature (largely for political benefits) do more damage to arts than the singers who distort popular songs like 'ha ha hari haawa'

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  7 May 2007 22:46:30 GMT  Report for Abuse  
SHKTI,

YES, you are correct. *Ranwan paatai samanalayaa* is NEITHER written by Cumaratunge Munidasa (at least, it is not in his Kumara Gee).

By the way, can you explain what sort of *political gains* I could get by something like attributing a poem like Ranwan Paatai Samanalayaa to Cumaratunge Munidasa when it could actually have written by someone else? Just curious..that's all.

-Mucha

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  7 May 2007 23:21:24 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Dear READERS,

To correct one more thing before anyone claims any *political gains* :), the second poem of *Haa..haa hari haawaa* is not the one I mentioned above (it in fact is the third poem), but the following.

Kola dekatak kewaa
Pen ugurak beewaa
Thola kata lewa kewaa
Ithin ethei keewaa

This series of poems called *Haawaage Waga* first published on Cumaratunge Munidasa's *Kiyawana Nuwana - Palamu Potha*.

Among other children's poems he wrote were,

Sirimath
Rosa Gasa
Mal Bas
Veri Woo Meeya
Dorata Weduma
Goda Itha Loku Satha (well, for some this may again be a poem with no meaning)

-Muchalinda

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  8 May 2007 02:50:16 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Those who distort the facts about literature (largely for political benefits) do more damage to arts than the singers who distort popular songs like 'ha ha hari haawa'


I think there is a confusion about appropriate usage of words. Distortion and a genuine mistakes are very different things.

Whether a song is written by Kumarathunga Munidasa or some one else is not distortion of arts, literature or poetry nor an insult to the author if the mistake is accepted and corrected. However, imitation , illegal duplication or pirating, as well as abuse of a song as the case here is clearly insults to arts. Similarly inappropriate and venomous criticism directed towords a person for a genuine mistake is not only poor taste but certainly an exhibition of hatred and most likely for political gains.
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