Nanda Malini (born 23 August 1943) is a Sri Lankan singer. She is one of the best known and most respected singers of Sri Lanka. Her choice of lyrics depicts many real life situations, and most intricate human relationships and emotions that stem out of those.She has been credited as starting a new chapter in Sri Lankan classical music. She has won eleven Sarasaviya Awards and eight Presidential Awards for Best Female Singer.
Malini was born to a rural family of nine in Lewanduwa in Aluthgama, Sri Lanka. She moved to Kotahena in Colombo as an adolescent and was admitted to Sri Gunananda Vidyalaya where she came under the tutelage of T. N. Margaret Perera. After winning a poetry contest, Malini was invited to Radio Ceylon by W. D. Amaradeva and sang the song “Budu Sadu” on Karunaratne Abeysekera’s popular program Lama Mandapaya.
Malini continued her training after achieving fame, learning under B. Victor Perera. She studyied for a year at Heywood Institute of Art and moving on to Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow, India in 1963. She would later return to the University to obtain a Visharada degree in 1984. Upon her return to Sri Lanka, Malini appeared on Amaradeva’s programme Madhuvanthi singing the songs “Sannaliyane” and “Ran Dahadiya Bindu Bindu.” Malini has had a string of successful releases. Her lyrics depict realistic life situations, love, relationships, and emotions. The songs “Pipunu Male Ruwa“, “Sudu Hamine“, and “Kada Mandiye” attest to her effort to expose the hearts of women. Some of Nanda’s popular songs, such as “Manda Nawa Karanawa“, show a humorous and sensitive account of a young woman’s experience of loneliness.