Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Music Advisory Board
Nilar N. Cassim

Lecturer, Announcer, Lyricist, Author, Translator, Poet

Nilar N. Cassim is a reputed and prominent Sinhala announcer, media personality, lyricist, author, translator, poet and lecturer, who has immensely contributed towards the arts and culture of Sri Lanka throughout a 25 years of time. Well-known as the one and only Sri Lankan Muslim who holds a Sinhala Special Degree (From the University of Sri Jayawardenepura) and a Masters in Sinhala (from the University of Kelaniya), his role in the sphere of literature and lyric writing is significant and widely acclaimed by both local and foreign scholars and masses. He wrote his first song Samanalun Rodak for Malini Bulathsinghala and to date he has written around 700 lyrics to many senior as well as modern vocalists such as Bhathiya and Santhush, Centigrades and Ravi Hansz. Nilar has written lyrics for many recent Sinhala films and his latest is Ahasin Eha for the film Adaraniya Kathawak. He has contributed to the Sri Lankan literature by producing three books on lyrics, two classical books and two children’s books and three translations. Ridi Reyak and Handunagaththoth Oba Ma are some of the popular shows that he has written the scripts for. Nilar won many awards and accolades for this literary work of him, which includes Bunka Award 2007. Nilar was a visiting lecturer at Sripali Mandapaya of the Colombo University and was also a member of the State Music Panel and the State Literary Panel. Once he was a Commissioner of State Languages Commission as well. He functioned as the Director of the Mass Communication Course at Sri Lanka Television Training Institute (SLTTI) and also worked as a News Editor for SLRC. Currently he works as an Executive Officer and an Assistant Director – Publicity and Media of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).