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Kandulu Kochchiya - Thridev’s first CD

Thridev Ithwara recorded his first CD recently at the New Wave Studio in Nugegoda. This 10-year-old Thurstanite has been showing a talent for music and singing even when he was a toddler. At the tender age of three, he was singing India’s national anthem Jana Mana Gana.

Around the age of five he joined Samantha Perera’s Music Academy to study singing and the violin.

It was at Samantha Perera’s suggestion that Thridev’s parents ventured to produce the CD Kandulu Kochchiya. He gave them some lyrics he had with him and they selected four songs . For the song Kumbhi Kochchiya, the lyrics were written by Shamala Dissanayake, while Pamitha R. Liyanage wrote the lyrics for Wahi bindu. Atttorney – at- Law Aruna Sri Jayasinghe was the lyricist for Sarva Lokey while Bandula Sri Hewagamage wrote the lyrics for Nidhas Nil Lowa. The melodies for all four songs were by Samantha Perera, and he also handled the musical direction for the CD.

These songs are now played over Lak View FM (formerly Shraddha FM)

Thridev starts singing as soon as he gets up. He listens to music too during these early hours.

This young boy is a great fan of Hindi music, and Saravara Loon , Piya Bole are among his favourites. He is learning Hindi through self study.

He also likes Jana Kavi (Folk verses) and has taken part in a Jana Kavi Competition for the Western Zonal Education division.

After school, Thridev goes to aunt Thiloka Manel’s home and waits there till his mother picks him up. While here aunty Thiloka Manel helps him a lot with his singing and music.

Apart from his love of music, Thridev is a keen environmentalist. His enthusiasm is fuelled by his surroundings for his home is in Pelanwatte, Piliyandala which still retains its rustic beauty. He has his own herb garden which is his pride and joy. He lives here with mother, Nilmini de Silva, ( Deputy Editor- Sinhala Dictionary) father Suneth Niroshan , an Excise Officer and elder brother Chandupa, another Thurstanite. Thridev also enjoys holidays in his father’s home town of Mathugama, an area of rubber plantations and his mother’s home town of Ambalangoda, in the interior of the coastal belt in southern Sri Lanka.

The rural loveliness appeals to him as well as spending quality time with cousins, realtives and friends.

He also likes to read and Amara Chithra Katha are a hot favourite with him.

Thridev has two widely different ambitions. He wants to go to Karnataka in India and become a Sangeeth Vishradha while also becoming an archaeologist specialising in Indian Archaeology.


Good luck Thridev.