She described the death of this brilliant human being as the centuries most saddening and heart wrenching news.
The skies are gloomy, and even the leaves on trees seem droopy as if in mourning.
She reminisced with immense gratitude the assistance and encouragement she received from Amaradeva over the past five decades of her musical career.
“It was Amaradeva sir who gave me life after my mother,” said Nanda Malini trying desperately to hide the tears.
The regard and respect she had for Amaradeva was very evident in her genuine grief but managed to let out the words “Sir treated me like a daughter.”
Expressing her views to BBC Sandeshaya she said the void created by the demise of this great man Amaradeva, will never be filled by anyone.
For the first time in history
The body of Pandit W. D. Amaradeva is now lying at the Independence Square, Colombo.
His remains were brought to Independence Square from a private funeral parlour last morning around 10.00.
President Maithripala Sirisena too was present on this occasion in a mark of respect to this exceptional musician.
The body of any person brought to Independence Square is considered a privilege and honour.
However, this is the first time that any artiste’s remains have been placed at Independence Square for a whole day.