Mr. DRD ( Dharshana Ruwan Dissanayake ) the renowned Sri Lankan awards winning music composer hails from a beautiful pastoral hamlet in Polonnaruwa. Many times in the past, Polonnaruwa has produced personalities that have answered the call of the era and made Mother Lanka proud. He, true to this precedent, is a man on a timely mission, that is to rediscover the lost pinnacle of Sri Lankan music. Though he had had to face numerous obstacles for many years, his climb that started from the bottom rung of the ladder has ended up at the peak to find himself a veteran in the Sri Lankan music industry. While the waters of lakes of the region softened him, the droughts, toughened him. Those conflicting forces molded a world class musician and we will be hearing a lot more of his creations in
the decades to come.
The Humanitarian, the Ecologist , the Historian, the Patriot. He believes in humanity and cherishes it above all. His pastoral roots nurtured him to be an ecologist. He is an expert in sri Lankan history and it’s upon that uniqueness, his universal musical compositions were created. His Patriotism is often demonstrated in his works and his life. World politics and philosophy interest him greatly and is usually the inspiration for his work. More over, DRD is a relentless learner and this enables his creations to grow and branch out over time, thus gifting us an ever-evolving style of music.
DRD is righteous and fair and usually is a daring rebel. His fearless attacks against the mafias that manipulate the art or the music of the country, to sustain their greed are well known and bears the form of an authoritative power. He believes in the blossoming new generation and never hesitates to extend a helping hand towards them.
DRD is certain that he has got a long walk ahead of him. He feels that his journey delving into the depths of music is only the beginning. He is a wanderer. A wanderer who believes in an infinite musical excursion. More precisely, a musical wanderer who wanders in search of perfection. An explorer, a disciple of the universe. He feels that an artist’s mission is the liberation of the humankind to open humanity up to the universe and see the glory it beholds. He struggles for the perfection of humanity, by way of the perfection of universal music. That is his lifelong mission. From 2002 to 2023, he has Music composed more than 1500 songs. In addition to Music composing and lyrics songs, he has composed music for 15 films for Sinhala cinema. In addition to the song, he entered into universal music and created several operas and cantatas. There he created a grand opera called Vasant Nidrava and a folk opera called Kadavara Yaga. He also created several abbreviated cantatas. He created the Symphony “My Village” which is about his village and his life. In addition, he composed music for 5 stage plays and 35 tele-dramas, where he composed for the tele-drama “Mahapolowa”. Indeed Mahapolowa Telly Drama music he made is a unique note in Sri Lankan music and regional music. He won many awards for those works. Especially for film music, he won 6 awards. There, he received the trendsetter award for bringing Sri Lankan film music to a new dimension, the OCIC award given by the Catholic Church, the lanka live film award, the president’s award, and the state award. Here, as another unique fact, he won best song melody and music composing from 2011 to 2015 five state awards till.And internationally, he won an award for the music of the film Father, The Famer at the American Golden Pictures Awards. In 2018, he directed the film Father, the Famer, making history as the first film to be directed by a musician in Sri Lankan Sinhalese cinema. The film received the maximum marks from the Sensor Board of Directors and won many awards internationally. There,also won the best film director award at the International Suvidan Film Festival. Currently, he is planning the Directed of the Tamil film “pujiyam” and the Tamil Sinhala film “Aala” and the historical film “Mahaparakum”. this films has Music composed a song for Indian award-winning singer Patma Sri Hariharan for the film. Many other Indian singers like Swetha Mohan, Nithya Mammen have contributed their singing to these films. His music is directed not only to South Asia but also to Europe. He has music composed songs for many other singers including English singer Nina Santini. He says every day that his religion is love, launching his art for the world according to his own philosophy as a lover of the environment and the earth. They always say that love can unite all that is divided. Currently he has started DRD Daraya production PVT to produce all his designs.