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O Sri Lanka Matha

Sri Lanka Matha is the national anthem of Sri Lanka. The original song was written and tuned by the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Later, it was translated and composed by the Ananda Samarakoon in 1940, and was then adopted as the national anthem in 1951. It was written when Sri Lanka was still a British colony and was initially written as a tribute to Sri Lanka, expressing sentiments of freedom, unity and independence, and not for the purpose of serving as a national anthem. The song however became very popular throughout the 1940s and 3 years after Sri Lanka's independence, it was chosen to be the national anthem. The first independence day it was sung was in 1952.
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