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Sri Lanka National Anthem.



Sri Lanka Maatha..
Apa Sri Lanka Namo Namo Namo Namo Maatha..
Sundara siri barinee,surendi athi sobamana Lanka..
Dhanya dhanaya neke mal palathuru piri jaya bhoomiya ramya..
Apa hata sepa siri setha sadana jeevanaye maatha..
Piliganu mena apa bhakthi pooja..
Namo Namo Maatha..
Apa Sri Lanka Namo Namo Namo Namo Maatha..
Oba we apa vidya..
Obamaya apa sathya..
Oba we apa shakthi..
Apa hada thula bhakthi..
Oba apa aloke..
Apage anuprane..
Oba apa jeevana we
Apa mukthiya oba we..
Nawa jeewana demine nithina apa pubudu karan maatha..
Ghana veerya wadawamina regena yanu mena jaya bhoomi kara..
Eka mawakage daru kela bevina..
Yamu yamu vee nopama..
Prema vada sema bheda dhurerada..
Namo Namo Maatha..
Apa Sri Lanka..



English Translation of Sri
Lanka National Anthem.

Mother Lanka we worship Thee!
Plenteous in prosperity,Thou
Beauteous in grace and love
Laden with corn and luscious fruit
And fragranat flowers of radiant hue
Giver of life and all good things
Our land of joy and victory
Receive our greateful praise sublime
Lanka..!! We worship Thee

Thou gaves us knowledge and truth
Thou art our strength and inward faith
Our light divine and sentient being
Breath of life and liberation
Grant us,bondage free inspiration
Inspire us for ever
In wisdom and strength renewed
Ill-will,hatred,strife all ended
In love enfolded,a mighty nation
Marching onward,to fullest freedom.


Historical background about Sri Lanka National Anthem...

After gaining independence from British rule the people of Sri Lanka were kindled with patriotic feelings.

On the recommendation of the SRI LANKA GAANDHARVA SABHA a competition to select a national anthem was conducted in JANUARY 1948. The winning entry MR.ANANDA SAMARAKOON'S composition NAMO NAMO MAATHA was chooser the national anthem on
22 November 1951.

The main theme of the anthem is to instill honour and respect to the Motherland and create national development through unity.

During the early 1950's there was a controversy about the national anthem.A defect was found the lyrics and the opening words were changed to "SRI LANKA MAATHA..APA SRI LANKA.. ".The 1st rending of the national anthem was made on independence day, 4TH FEBRUARY 1952 by a group of 500 students from MUSEUS COLLEGE COLOMBO a broadcast over the radio.

The national anthem is incorparated in to section 3rd shedule of the constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.


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