ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is working with authorities in Italy to repatriate the remains of veteran Sri Lanka singer Neela Wickramasinghe, the foreign ministry said.
She was serving as Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Milan.
“The remains of the late Consul General Wickramasinghe is currently at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan and will be repatriated to Sri Lanka upon completion of relevant formalities, in coordination with the authorities in Italy and Sri Lanka,” the foreign ministry said.
Wickramasinghe passed on Monday (17) due to a sudden illness.
Wickramasinghe 71, had assumed duties in Milan on December 29.
A popular artist in Sri Lanka, Wickramasinghe had learned music under musicians Vincent Somapala and Ananda Jayasinghe.
She had recorded over 100 songs and recorded music for 67 movies, online reports say.
She was also the recipient of several awards including a presidential award for her work in the music industry. (Colombo/Jan18/2022)