Lionel Ranwala (27 November 1939 - 13 November 2002) was a prominent Sri Lankan musician. Ranwala\s main interest was Sri Lankan folk music. He successfully brought Sri Lankan folk tunes and melodies to popular Sri Lankan music, preserving their originality.He studied music at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and has a sour knowledge of the field. Ranwala, who created a revolution in the local folk music scene along with his mentor W.D. Makuloluwa, started his teaching career at Arawwala MMV in 1959.He taught music at several leading schools including Ananda College, and Royal College, Colombo during a 38-year career. He popularised local music in schools and formed the first \Hevisi\ band in a school - at Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalaya in 1964. Ranwala was also a versatile actor and dramatist. One of his most memorable roles was in the first Sinhala opera \Depano\ directed
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