Nimal Mendis with the photograph of the late Vernon Corea, legendary broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka) Nimal was Vernon’s close friend. Nimal went to the SLBC in February 2015 to meet with Vernon’s son Ivan.
Paul Marie Mendis, Ivan Corea, Nimal Mendis at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation – Radio Sri Lanka.
With the photograph of legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)
Nimal Mendis in the canteen of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)
Vernon Corea with Nimal, Ranjani and Paul Marie Mendis in Wimbledon, London.
Nimal Mendis in the 1950s, Radio Ceylon promoted his music throughout the 1950s-1970s.
Nimal and Ranjini Mendis with Paul Marie Mendis.
Sandra Edema and Nimal Mendis singing ‘Feel Like A Clown on BBC TV’s ‘Top of the Pops,’ in the 1960s.
Sandra Edema and Nimal Mendis had a British hit as Raj and Ranee with ‘Feel Like A Clown – they created music history by joining only a handful of Sri Lankans ever to appear on BBC TV’s ‘Top of the Pops’ in the UK.
It is with sadness that we record the death of Vernon Corea’s close friend Nimal Mendis who has passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Vernon promoted Nimal’s music on all his radio programmes over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon from the 1950s and on ‘London Sounds Eastern,’ on BBC Radio London 206.
Nimal visited Vernon when he stayed at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo 3 in Sri Lanka and also in Wimbledon Village in South West London in the UK.
He wrote the first ever song for autism, ‘Open Every Door,’ and dedicated it to Vernon’s grandson Charin Corea – it was aired on CNN, BBC and recently on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The Nimal Mendis composition was on ‘Autism The Album’ released in the United Kingdom.
His remains will be at the A.F.Raymonds Funeral Parlour in Colombo today 17th April 2015 from 10 a.m. and the funeral will be at Jawatte Cemetary on Saturday 18th April at 4.30 p.m. Sri Lankan time.
May his soul rest in peace – with Jesus.
Two legends – Nimal Mendis and Pandit Amaradeva singing Nim Him Sewwa – Yesterday, Today or Tomorrow, a composition of Nimal’s.