May 19, Colombo: Veteran Sinhala vocalist Narada Disasekara passed away this afternoon following a long illness at home, family sources said.
Disasekara, born in June 1933 in Welipenna of Kalutara district, was 76 years old at the time of his death.
He schooled in Kaluthara and played cricket for Kalutara Maha Vidyalaya.
Later, he joined Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Engineering Section and became a simple vocalist while working there. He was movie background singer in number of Sinhala films.
Disasekara was awarded by first Sarasaviya Film Festival as the best male vocalist in 1964 for his song in Sri Lanka's first color movie Ranmuthuduwa.
He also worked as a publicity officer of Dawasa Sinhala newspaper.
Funeral will take place on Saturday. His remains are placed in family home in Udahamulla, Nugegoda.