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Rambukkana Siddhartha Thera has been using `song’ to deliver the great message of dhamma. A lot remains to be said about the literary work of this `Sindu liyana Hamuduruvo’ (the priest who writes songs) which he does without any lucrative expectation, but out of sheer enthusiasm for art which he mingles with his conviction in Dhamma.
Siddhartha Thera has studied in several Pirivenas including Sunethradevi Pirivena, Pepiliyana, Colombo, and graduated from the University of Kelaniya in Buddhist Philosophy (Sp. Hons).
He studied Mass Communication as an auxiliary subject. He also worked for Lake House Sinhala publications such as Silumina and Navayugaya, for a brief period, on a voluntary basis.
This opened him great opportunities to associate many exceptionally skilled journalists and intelligentsia like Edmond Ranasinghe, Dayasena Gunesinghe, Somaweera Senanayaka, Edwin Ariyadasa and Gamini Sumanasekara, which helped him to sharpen his talents in his literary work.
Siddhartha Thera has won many awards for his excellent ability and incomparable talent including the State Literary Award for the Best Collection of songs for his Sasara Danavuva in 2006.
His first film song, Pera Sansare for the film Sandakada Pahana sung by T.M Jayaratne and late Malini Bulathsinhala and music composed by Khemadasa won the Best Film Song Award in the Sarasavi Awards Festival in 1989. Yathivara Pooja which Siddhartha Thera conducted on Sirasa TV won the Best Musical Programme Award recently.