Sinhala Artist Biography - Rookantha Gunathilake

Guitar Chords and Guitar tabs of  Rookantha Gunathilake's Sinhala Songs

Full Name : Mario Glory Rookantha Goonatillake

Early years

Rookantha Gunathilake was born in Kegalle to a middle-class family in Sri Lanka. From his young ages, Rookantha loved music. As a result, his parents sent him to a music teacher nearby to teach him to play the keyboards.

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Guitar Chords and Guitar tabs of  Rookantha Gunathilake's Sinhala Songs

Rookantha once said in a radio interview that this teacher was not that friendly and punished him several times for not using correct fingers. Also, he found out that he is getting restricted to what the teacher wanted him to learn.

He learned music at his school, St. Mary's College, Kegalle from great musicians such as Mr.Stanley Peiris and Mr.Cyril Brown.

Soon, Rookantha gave up his music lessons, and started to play his very own songs, according to his way. By doing so, Rookantha had the opportunity experiment with new songs.


Rookantha Goonatillake originally in 1976 pursued a career as a composer. In 1985 he found himself without a singer to provide the vocals on one of his compositions, "Bambara Pahasa." With a deadline hanging over him, Goonatillake provided the vocals himself beginning his career as a singer.

His song "DIGANTHAYE" featured in the "WORLD CHART SHOW" produced by RADIO EXPRESS in L.A during the late 90's. Rookantha has got awards as: BEST PLAYBACK SINGER OF THE YEAR 1994 ('Suwanda Danee' from film 'Saptha Kanya')and 1995 ('Siyumali Rosa Malee'from film 'Chitti' )

He recently appeared as one of the main judges in a reality talent show "SIRASA SUPER STAR" (American Idol concept) Rookantha's most recent album was named "MAIME INDAN" which was released on the 21st of August 2005 along with his wife Chandralekha's album named "MAGE ADARE",during their exclusive show, "RU SANDA RAE The Concert" at the famous BMICH in SriLanka.

Rookantha has released 5 albums.His first album was "AADARA REKHA" released in 1983. His second album "BAMBARA PAHASA" in 1988 and sold over 150,000 copies. His third album "DIGANTHAYE" in 1992 and sold over 100,000 copies. His fourth album "CHARUKA" in 1997.

Marriage Life

Rookantha is married to another popular singer and former actress Chandralekha Perera. They have 2 daughters the older one named Raini Charuka Goonatillake and younger one named Windy.

Most recent tour Roo Sanda Rae took place in 2005 and 2006.

The mega show of "Rookantha Chandraleka Live @ Stadium" was  held on August 14 2010 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

Ru & Cru Band Members ( as of 2006 ):

LEAD GUITAR - Milan Rodrigo
DRUMS - Akila Dharmasena
BASS -Suresh Robert
KEYBOARDS - Rookantha


 Rookantha Solo 
  1. Bambara Pahasa
  2. Diganthaye
  3. Roo Hadoo Gee
  4. Aadara Mal Pawane
  5. Maime Indan

Rookantha & Chandralekha
  1. Roo Sanda Rae : Vol 1
  2. Roo Sanda Rae : Vol 2
  3. Charuka
  4. Ran Pokunata
Here are the song lists of albums.I could find only 3 .If you have the song list of other albums please send it to me.

Bamara Pahasa
  1. Bambara Pahasa
  2. Sande Oba
  3. Maw Lanka
  4. Hithawathiye
  5. Sithin Sinaa Sisi
  6. Senehe Bendi Renu Renu
  7. Obayi Adare
  8. Amme
  9. Suwanda Dena Mal
  10. Sithin Meki Gihin
  11. Lande Mulaawi

Roo Sanda Rae

  1. Bambara Pahasa
  2. Ukulata Naawath
  3. Tharu Eliye
  4. Indunil Gangulel
  5. Kohedo Kohedo
  6. Nil Tharu Nethu Hinehe
  7. Jaisu Jaisu
  8. Muthu Pabalu
  9. Sanda Besa Giya Thena
  10. Dedunu Patai Muhuna
  11. Me Kathawa
  12. Nihanda Mawathe
  13. Anganavo
  14. Midule Athana Nango
  15. Ulath Ekai, Pilath
 Maime Indan 

  1. Maime Indan
  2. Sanda Pinidiye
  3. As Deka Piyaana
  4. Ahankara Pem Kirillie
  5. Pramila
  6. Jaisu
  7. Gini Kandu
  8. Sandapana Waage
  9. Mama Ehawwa
  10. Bendunada
  11. Ran Malayak
  12. Mayawee
  13. Mage Raththarane
  14. Hariyanneth Waradinneth

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