Pradeepa Dharmadasa has an inimitable position among the top milieu in Sri Lanka’s music world. The unique blend of her beautiful voice and the training she has gained at India’s Bhathkande University of Music & Arts (from where she gained her Visharada status) have enabled Pradeepa to touch the hearts of millions of music lovers in Sri Lanka with ease. Sri Lanka’s most prominent music critics and music directors have consistently claimed that Pradeepa’s unwavering values of social justice and her solidarity with the oppressed sections in society have contributed to her meteoric success as a singer [click here to read the collection of such evaluations]. In fact, a tyrannical government in the past intervened to ban some of her songs.
Pradeepa’s inborn potential as an artist of many talents first emerged during her schooldays when Somalatha Subasinghe discovered her potential as an actor. Abundance of praise from the press soon catapulted her to new heights when playwrights of the highest calibre took her on to play main roles in hit-plays such as Sinhabahu, Vikurthi, Moodu Putthu and Sathyanganawi to mention a few among many.
Rather predictably, in early 90s she fell in love with a radical journalist with revolutionary fervours, Dullas Alahapperuma, and married him during an extremely volatile era in Sri Lankan politics. Since then she has become a mother of two lovely sons, Mahima and Kaushika; and following major political turns and twists in the country her husband has presently ended up as a minister in the Rajapakse-administration. Somewhat expectedly, a period of hibernation from the art world followed to the disappointment of her fans. However, her dramatic return with rekindled ardour, all such disillusionments have now proven to be misplaced. A wave of captivating new songs full of reinforced compassion and vigour has now come up (some of which are still in the pipeline) to dazzle Sri Lanka’s music world yet again. “Pradeepa website” is primarily designed to enlighten the music lovers of an intoxicating experience now entering their world.