| හෙන්රි කල්දේරා|
| 19 August 1937 (1937-08-19) Maradana, Sri Lanka|
Seeduwa Deaf and Blind School
October 11, 2006, Seeduwa, Sri Lanka
Henry Caldera Wikipedia
Henry Caldera (Sinhalese: හෙන්රි කල්දේරා) (19 August 1937 – 11 October 2006) was a Sri Lankan singer, songwriter, and musician.
Caldera was born on 19 August 1937. Completely blind at the age of 14, he attended the Seeduwa Deaf and Blind School. There, Caldera studied under maestro Sunil Shantha, who conducted classes for blind students. After leaving school, Caldera continued to learn from Shantha at his house in Dehiyagatha, Ja-Ela.
Caldera became a radio artist in 1968 and recorded his first hit song Thara Petia in 1972. He subsequently released a four song album in 1977. During his lifetime he released three audio cassettes and two compact discs. Most his songs were solos, and children's songs; it is said that Caldera often sang for his own children and grandchildren.
In 1979, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranasinghe Premadasa, donated a house for Caldera to live. In 1993, Caldera received a Kala Bhushana award (the second highest award granted by the state to performing artists). Student bodies at several universities and non-governmental organizations honored him in appreciation of his service to folk music.
Caldera firmly believed that art is art and nothing could buy an artist; he held on to this belief until he died.
Caldera had four children with his wife, who was also blind. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and died on 11 October 2006. Caldera's second son, Chaminda, sings in his memory.
Some of his top songs include:Thara Patiya
Penuna Suwa Dasun
Midule Sudu Weli Thalaye
Lanka Mage Lanka
Mokada Nago (Duet)
Oba Pewa Hasarella
Kana Widina Wele
Mal Natu Weni
Kanda Udin (Duet)
Mage somi sanda
Nahawa rasa kiri powa
Hinaweyan sudu saman male
Sanahase sihil nille (Duet)
Etha Hime Ran Samanala Kanda Naginna
Anna Duwe Handa Mama
Hitha Ridunado Priye
Sanda Aran Evilla
Sahayata Bhawa Saharawe
Mudu Sumudu Kumuda