The National Anthem Many of would believe that the National Anthem of Sri Lanka was born with the gaining of Independence from the British on 4th February 1948. The national Anthem was accepted officially in the year 1951 and on 24th June 1954, cabinet purchased the copyright of the song from its composer, Ananda Samarakoon. From the year 1956, there arose a campaign to modify the commencing words “Namo Namo Matha”. The government which came to power in 1960 appointed a special committee to look into this matter and as a result of it the commencing words was changed to “Sri Lanka Matha” in February 1961. The following is the National Anthem of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka ma tha – apa Sri..… lanka namo namo namo namo matha Sundara siri barini – suradi athi shobamana Lanka Dhanya dhanaya neka – mal palathuri piri jaya bhumiya ramya Apa hata sapa siri setha sadana – jeevanaye matha Piliganumana apa bakthi puja – namo namo matha Apa hata sepa siri setah sadana – jeevanaye matha Piliganumana apa bakthi puja – namo namo matha Oba ve apa vidya – oba maya apa sathya Oba ve apa shakthi – apa hada thula bakthi Oba apa aloke – apage anu prane Oba apa jeevana ve – apa mukthiya oba ve Nava jeevaba demine – nithina apa pubudu karan matha Gnana weerya wadawamina – ragena yanu mena jaya bhumi kara Eka mawakage daru kela bavina – yamu yamu we nopama Prema wada sama bheda duradala – namo namo matha Apa Sri ….. Lanka – namo namo namo namo matha Below the summarized possible English translation maintaining the original meaning of the National Anthem Let us worship the beautiful Mother lanka Pregnant with grain, flowers and fruits All thank thou for all the blessings You are our Knowledge, You are our Truth, you are our Energy, You are our Light, You are our way of Light, You are our Emancipation, Giving us new lease of life every day, Mother, you awaken us, Lead us to victory by developing and giving us knowledge and strength, March unhesitatingly forward Like children of one Mother, Forget all differences and Develop Love and Kindness. The National Anthem has been included in chapter I, section 07 of the Republican constitution of 1978 and its words and music score appears in the third schedule. Accordingly, it is completely forbidden to change, modify, cut off or effect any other changes to the words. Moreover, it is also forbidden to change the Music score, Rhythm and style. This could be done only with the 2/3 majority vote in parliament.
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