Asuntha Karunaratne

Asuntha Karunaratne is an exceptionally talented young artiste, well known to the Sri Lankan community in Melbourne. She was voted the best female singer of the year in 2006 (Serendib News Awards Night, Melbourne). The influence of her father, well-known singer Rohana Karunaratne, was the key to her wide-recognition. Her hit single "Onna" (2000) saw the birth of her popularity, and soon became an oft heard melody in Sri Lankan households. She was a student of Jaanz School of Singing, and currently a student of Supastar Entertainment. Last year she released her first Sinhala music album called "Sidanganawan", associating with the crème de la crème of Sri Lankan musicians, both in Sri Lanka and in Melbourne. Her latest works include some recently released video clips to accompany her album.

Since her childhood, she has been a part of Children's programs in both Sri Lankan national radio and on Radio 3ZZZ (Melbourne). Her debut singing performance was in Melbourne, at Sunil Edirisinghe's "Sandakada Pahana" concert in 1993. She sang "Monawada Mutthe" with maestro, Rohana Weerasinghe, at 10 years of age. From then on she has been performing at various functions and events, including solo, duet and chorus singing (for Nirosha Virajini, Nada Malini, W.D. Amaradeva, Victor Ratnayake, etc.). Asuntha was a member of a local band, "Melbourne Ceylonese", led by George Rodrigo, for two years. Since late 2002 she has been the female vocalist of the local band, "Tharanga", led by Cameron Colombege, singing Classics, Pop and Baila.

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