The Most Viewed YouTube Video in Sri Lanka

‘Manike Mage Hithe’

The Banyan Tree by Nadeesha Emaduwa
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What is the most-viewed YouTube video in your country? How many views have they got?

I am sure you’re not that interested in these questions as there are plenty of videos, which have millions of views.

‘Manike Mage Hithe’ official cover, public domain

Even though YouTube is popular in Sri Lanka, a country of 20 million population, an 80+million viewed video is something beyond imagination.

In Sri Lanka, the official language is Sinhala, which is an Indo-Aryan language. It has a history of more than a thousand years. In the entire world, the Sinhala language is only being used in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, it’s not easy to get beyond 2+million YouTube views for a native Sinhala language video. This is mainly due to the low number of native speakers compared to global languages like English and French.

The uniqueness of this 80+million viewed music video is that the entire song is written in Sinhala language and sung by two Sri Lankan artists. Due to the popularity of the viral video, many commented on the beauty of the language and its pronunciation.

The viral music video is called ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ which was originally sung by budding musician ‘Satheeshan’. The original song was able to hit 15+million YouTube views. Due to the…

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The Banyan Tree by Nadeesha Emaduwa
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Motivational Speaker, Inspire people and Free writer. I am trying to spread love and compassion while bringing happiness for all.