An English (Hons) graduate of the University of Colombo, Lilanka works at Dilmah Tea in Brand Marketing and handles Corporate Communications. Prior to this she worked at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (a non-governmental organization) researching HIV/AIDS and trafficking of women.
In addition, Lilanka also enjoys teaching and has been an assistant to Soundarie at the Soul Sounds Academy Choir since its inception, and lectures in English Literature at the DETE Extension Courses of the University of Colombo.
A keen sportswoman, Lilanka captained the Colombo University Rowing Team and is a four year colourswoman. She has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka (ARASL) - the national governing body for rowing in Sri Lanka since 2009. Lilanka enjoys reading, nature and a good laugh. She is a firm believer in the saying, ‘what is meant to be comes about of what one does’.
"Soul Sounds is a life journey as much as it is a musical one. I find solace in the soul of the music, the companionship of friends who have become more like family, and the power of a song that can resuscitate and revive the mind deadened by the stress and pressures of daily life. It’s not an easy road but the results are worth the price and the challenge is what makes life fulfilling."