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Published on Jun 21, 2008
Theme song from the 70s Sri Lankan film 'Kalu Diya Dahara' (A column of Black water). Film is about colonial Sri Lanka, and the song is about the dignity of labour, and not just about wages but social justice too. Song became an instant hit since it's release in Sri Lanka and has now become an all time favourite in the Sri Lankan music scene.
Lyrics written in English by meastro Nimal Mendis, who has his own unique music style, one of the handful of Sri Lankans who made it to the BBC Televesion. Sinhala translation was by late Karunaratne Abeysekera.
It was sung originally by the golden voice of Neville Fernando(R.I.P) of Los Caberelos, under Lotus Record Label, released by The Lotus Entertainment Company Limited.
Mage Himi Thena was some years later sung by Neela Wickremesinghe with a different tempo. Many people have misunderstood that Neela's song was the original, but it is not, and Neville sang the original.
Nimal's other popular hits include 'Nim Him Sewwa'sung by Amaradeva, 'Ganga Addara' sung by late Vijaya Kumaratunga, 'Upul Nuwan Vidaha' by late Milton Mallawarachchi, and in the late 50s 'Butterfly In The Rain' and 'Way Back When' by Cliff Foenander.