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Sri Lanka National Anthem

"Sri Lanka Matha"

Words by : Ananda Samarkone
Music by  : Ananda Samarkone
Adopted   : 1951

After independence was granted to Sri Lanka in 1948, the need for a national anthem arose. As a result of a contest, Ananda Samarkone's contribution, written in Sinhalese, was chosen as the new anthem. The Tamil lyrics have the same meaning as the Sinhalese lyrics. It was first performed on the fourth anniversary of independence in early 1952.

SINHALESE LYRICS

Sri Lanka Matha, apa Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.
Sundara siri barini,
Surändi athi Sobamana Lanka
Dhanya dhanaya neka mal pala thuru piri, jaya bhoomiya ramya.
Apa hata säpa siri setha sadana, jee vanaye Matha!
Piliganu mana apa bhakti pooja,
Namo Namo Matha.
Apa Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha,
apa Sri Lanka, Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.

Obave apa vidya obamaya apa sathya obave apa shakti
apa hada thula bhakti oba apa aloke
apage anuprane oba apa jeevana ve
apa muktiya obave
Nava jeevana demine nithina apa
Pubudu karan matha
Gnana veerya vadavamina ragena yanu
mana jaya bhoomi kara
Eka mavekuge daru kala bavina
yamu yamu wee nopama
Prema vadamu sama bheda durara da Namo Namo Matha

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TAMIL LYRICS

Sri Lanka Thaayé, nam Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Thaayé.
Nallelil poli Seeranee,
Nalangal yaavum Niraivaan mani Lanka
Gnaalam puhala vala vayal nathi malai malar narum solai kol Lanka.
Namathuru puhalidam ena olir vaai, namathuyire Thaayé!
Namathalai ninathadi mail vyththomé
Namo Namo Thaayé.
Nam Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Thaayé,
Nam Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Thaayé.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Mother Lanka - we salute Thee!
Plenteous in prosperity, Thou,
Beauteous in grace and love,
Laden with corn and luscious fruit
And fragrant flowers of radiant hue,
Giver of life and all good things,
Our land of joy and victory,
Receive our grateful praise sublime,
Lanka! we worship Thee.

Thou gavest us Knowledge and Truth,
Thou art our strength and inward faith,
Our light divine and sentient being,
Breath of life and liberation.
Grant us, bondage free, inspiration.
Inspire us for ever.
In wisdom and strength renewed,
Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended,
In love enfolded, a mighty nation
Marching onward, all as one,
Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom.

 

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