Angeline Gunathilake

Angelina Rachel de Lanerolle (Sinhala: ඇන්ජලීන් ගුණතිලක; 23 December 1939 – 29 March 2019), popularly known as Angeline Gunathilake or Anjalin Gunathilaka, was a Sri Lankan singer, primarily working as a playback singer in Sinhala film industry. Considered the Silver bell of Sinhala cinema, Gunathilaka worked on over 5000 playback songs in a musical career that spanned nearly six decades.[1] She is as an A-grade singer graduated from Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Angeline Gunathilaka
ඇන්ජලීන් ගුණතිලක
Born
Angelina Rachel de Lanerolle

(1939-12-23)23 December 1939
Died29 March 2019(2019-03-29) (aged 79)
EducationSt. Mary's Convent Matara
St. Thomas' College, Kotte
Occupationsongstress, playback singer
Spouse(s)Leslie Gunathilaka (m. 1966)
Children2
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1956–2017
Labels

She died at the age of 79 while receiving treatment at National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

Personal lifeEdit

Angeline Gunathilaka was born on 23 December 1939 in Matara district, the seventh of ten siblings.[2] She went to St. Mary's Convent Matara for primary education.[1] Her father worked at the Department of Railways. Due to her father's employers transferring him, the family moved to Colombo at the age of 8. She then attended St. Thomas' College, Kotte for secondary education.

She married Leslie Gunathilaka on 29 March 1966.[3] The couple has 2 daughters. Her grandson, Imal Jude Malwattege, pursued a career in music.

On 29 March 2019, Gunathilaka died while receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo. Her final rites was held at the General Cemetery Borella on Tuesday, April 2 at 4 p.m.[4]

Singing careerEdit

At the age of 8, Anjaline joined the Radio Ceylon amateur program, and secured the second place in a musical talent show. After that, she studied music under maestro Sunil Santha.[1] At the age of 13, she was selected for the Lamapitiya programme conducted by veteran lyricist and broadcaster Karunaratne Abeysekera.[5]

Anjaline started her singing career with the solo song Adara Ambare.[6] While she performed on the Lamapitiya program, she attended a singing competition called Tharu Thenuma organized by Sri Murugan New Art Films. She won the competition and was selected for first playback singing. Her debut as a playback singer came with the film Sohoyuro screened in 1958.[5] In the same year, she sang the first duet of her career with Sydney Artigla. She then collaborated with Morris Dahanayake, R. Sivananda and V. Vardaraja for duets. Aside from singing, she studied dance under the maestro Panibharatha.[7]


She rose to prominence within a small period of time, where she met P.L.A Somapala. He invited Gunathilaka to record songs under HMV label. She recorded songs with Chitral Somapala and Mohideen Baig for the 2500th Buddha Jayanthi commemoration. Along with Buddhist songs, she worked on many Christmas songs, which she sang together with C.T. Fernando under the influence of Marcelline Jayakody. She continued to gain popularity in the Sri Lankan music industry, where she started to play duets with Wally Bastian. She also sang virindu songs for the film Deyyange Rate.[7]

From 1958 to 1999, Gunathilaka performed as a singer on behalf of many actresses including Leena De Silva, Florida Jayalath, Sandya Kumari, Claris De Silva, Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya, Malani Fonseka, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Soniya Dissanayaka, Shriyani Amarasena, Kanthi Lanka, Sumana Amarasinghe, Fareena Layee, Shrima Koddikara, Sabeetha Perera, Manel Wanaguru, Shriyani Fonseka, Shirani Kurykulasuriya, Anoja Weerasinghe, Swarna Mallawarachchi , Sangeetha Weeraratne, Suvinitha Koongahage, Dilhani Ekanayake, Manel Chandralatha and many more.Gunathilaka gained widespread popularity for a duet with H.R. Jothipala. The two contributed to a vast number of films across many genres.[7] On 9 August 2009, she performed a musical show Angeline Rocks with The Boys at 6.30 pm at the BMICH.[8]

On 23 August 2014, she performed a live concert at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.[9][10]

Playback singing filmographyEdit

Angeline Gunathilaka worked on over 200 Sinhala films across six decades.

Year Film
1958 Sohoyuro
1958 Deiyyange Rate
1958 Daskama
1959 Gehenu Geta
1961 Suvineetha Laalani
1962 Sansare
1962 Suhada Divi Piduma
1963 Wena Swargayak Kumatada
1963 Deepashika
1964 Sobana Sitha
1965 Sweep Ticket
1966 Senasuma Kothanada
1966 Athulweema Thahanam
1966 Kinkini Paada
1966 Seyawak Pasupasa
1966 Sudu Duwa
1966 Sanda Nega Eddi
1967 Hathara Kendare
1967 Ran Rasa
1969 Hari Maga
1969 Hathara Peraliya
1969 Surayangeth Sooraya
1969 Prawesamwanna
1969 Pancha
1970 Dan Mathakada
1970 Geetha
1970 Ohoma Hondada
1970 Suli Sulang
1971 Poojithayo
1971 Ran Onchilla [11]
1971 Kathuru Muwath
1971 Hathara Denama Soorayo
1971 Abirahasa
1972 Adare Hithenawa Dekkama [12]
1972 Edath Sooraya Adath Sooraya
1972 Sujeewa [13]
1972 Ada Mehemai
1972 Lokuma Hinawa
1972 Ihatha Aathmaya
1973 Suhada Pethuma
1973 Thushara
1973 Hondama Welawa
1973 Sinawai Inawai
1973 Sunethra
1973 Hondai Narakai
1973 Daahakin Ekek
1973 Hondata Hondai
1974 Duleeka
1974 Kasthuri Suwanda [14]
1974 Sheela
1974 Surekha
1974 Hadawath Naththo
1974 Kalyani Ganga
1974 Shanthi
1974 Onna Babo Billo Enawa
1974 Susee
1974 Duppathage Hithawatha
1974 Lasandaa
1974 Sahayata Danny
1974 Mehema Harida
1974 Wasthuwa
1975 Hitha Honda Minihek
1975 Obai Mamai
1975 Kaliyuga Kale
1975 Raththaran Amma
1975 Awa Soya Adare
1975 Sookiri Kella
1975 Siril Malli
1975 Mage Nangi Shyama
1975 Lassana Kella
1975 Kokilayo
1975 Gijulihiniyo
1975 Sooraya Soorayamai
1975 Ranwan Rekha
1975 Damayanthi
1975 Lassana Dawasak
1975 Sadhanaa
1975 Hadawathaka Wasanthaya
1975 Sangeetha
1976 Pradeepe Maa Wewa
1976 Kawuda Raja
1976 Waasana
1976 Gangaa
1976 Waanarayo
1976 Aasha
1976 Unnath Dahai Malath Dahai
1976 Onna Maame Kella Panapi
1976 Nilla Soya
1976 Adarei Man Adarei
1976 Nedeyo
1976 Ran Thilakaa
1977 Neelaa
1977 Sudu Paraviyo
1977 Hithuwakkarayo
1977 Hariyanakota Ohoma Thama
1977 Hithuwoth Hithuwamai [15]
1977 Nilukaa
1977 Pembara Madhu
1977 Chin Chin Nona
1977 Hitha Honda
1977 Sajaa
1977 Chandi Putha [16]
1977 Aege Adara Kathawa
1977 Maruwa Samaga Waase
1977 Tom Pachaya
1977 Niwena Ginna
1978 Sithaka Suwanda
1978 Vishmaya
1978 Madhuwanthi
1978 Shri Pathula
1978 Aasha Desin
1978 Kundala Keshi
1978 Tikira
1978 Sally
1978 Durga
1978 Apsara
1978 Deepanjali
1978 Apeksha
1978 Kumara Kumariyo
1979 Samanmali
1979 Geheniyak
1979 Jeewana Kandulu
1979 Hingana Kolla
1979 Monara Thenna
1979 Eka Hitha
1979 Rosa Mal Thunak
1979 Akke Mata Awasara
1979 Sawudan Sema
1979 Subhani
1979 Visihathara Peya
1980 Mal Kekulu
1980 Tak Tik Tuk
1980 Seetha
1980 Doctor Susantha
1980 Raja Dawasak
1980 Sankhapaali
1980 Sabeetha
1982 Mihidum Sihina
1981 Ranga
1981 Eka Dawasak Rae
1981 Geethika
1981 Jeewanthi
1981 Bangali Walalu
1982 Thana Girawu
1982 Sudu Ayya
1982 Pethi Gomara
1982 Sanasanna Maa
1982 Sitharaa
1982 Thakkita Tharikita
1982 Newatha Hamuwemu
1982 Miss Mallika
1982 Ran Mini Muthu
1983 Sandamali
1983 Sumithuro
1983 Menik Maliga
1983 Loku Thaththa
1983 Mal Madhu
1983 Hithath Hondai Wedath Hondai
1984 Hitha Honda Kollek
1984 Bambara Patikki
1984 Namal Renu
1984 Hadawathaka Wedana
1984 Birinda
1984 Jaya Sikurui
1985 Raththaran Kanda
1985 Channai Kello Dennai
1985 Rosy
1985 Kirimaduwel
1986 Mal Warusa
1986 Prarthana
1986 Peralikarayo
1986 Gimhane Gee Naade
1986 Jaya Apatai
1986 Dinuma
1987 Yugayen Yugayata
1988 Yukthiyada Shakthiyada
1988 Raja Wedakarayo
1988 Obatai Priye Adare
1988 Rasa Rahasak
1988 Chandingeth Chandiya
1988 Amme Oba Nisa
1988 Newa Gilunath Ban Chun
1988 Satana
1989 Mamai Raja
1989 Nommara 17
1989 Shakthiya Obai Amme
1989 Waradata Danduwam
1990 Jaya Shakthi
1990 Dedunnen Samanaliyak
1990 Madhu Sihina
1990 Chandi Raja
1991 Sihina Ahase Wasanthe
1991 Asai Bayai
1991 Salambak Handai
1991 Alibaba Saha Horu Hathaliha
1991 Dhanaya
1992 Sakwithi Raja
1992 Sakkara Sooththara
1992 Sinha Raja
1992 Kiyala Wadak Na
1992 Sathya
1992 Sinhayangeth Sinhaya
1993 Sargent Nallathambi
1993 Sasara Saraisarana Thek Oba Mage
1993 Yasasa
1993 Soora Weera Chandiyo
1994 Raja Wansen Ekek
1994 Abhiyogaya
1995 Wasana Wewa
1995 Pudumai Eth Aththai
1995 Wairayen Wairaya
1995 Chandiyage Putha
1996 Mana Mohini
1996 Hitha Honda Geheniyak
1996 Bawa Sasara
1997 Soorayo Wedakarayo
1997 Vijayaggrahanaya
1997 Ragaye Unusuma
1998 Akkai Nangiyi
1998 Mohothin Mohotha
2001 Oba Koheda Priye
2001 Dinuma Kageda
2006 Double Game
2008 Hatha Denama Soorayo Remake
2008 Rosa Diganthe
2009 Sihina Dewuduwa
2017 Madhumali

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