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Mirihana Arachchige Nanda Perera (born 1943) is a Sri Lankan singer. Her traditional style of Sri Lanka music has gained her praise and popularity and won her 11 Sarasaviya Awards and 8 Presidential Awards for Best Singer and the Most Popular Singer.Read More...
Malini was born to a rural family of nine in Lewanduwa in Aluthgama. She moved to Kotahena in Colombo as an adolescent and was admitted to Sri Gunananda Vidyalaya where she came under the tutelage of T. N. Margaret Perera. After winning a poetry contest, Malini was taken to Radio Ceylon by Perera and sang "Budu Sadu" on Karunarante Abeysekera's popular programme Lama Mandapaya.
She gained more popularity dueting on the song "Galana Gangaki Jeevithe" with Narada Disasekara for Ranmuthu Duwa in 1961. For the performance she was awarded the first ever Sarasaviya Award for Female Playback Singing.
Malini continued her training after achieving fame, learning under B. Victor Perera, studying for a year at Heywood and moving on to Bhathkande University at Lucknow, India in 1963. She would later return to the University to obtain a Visharada degree in 1984. Upon her return to Sri Lanka, Malini appeared on Amaradeva's programme Madhuvanthi singing "Sannaliyane" and "Ran Dahadiya Bindu Bindu."