The celebrated Sri Lankan pianist, Carmen Mottau recently recalled her memories of the legendary Sri Lankan Broadcaster Vernon Corea when he presented some of the most popular talent shows in Sri Lanka – in the 1960s.
Carmen said: ‘Well my memories of Radio Ceylon (now known as the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) were very fond ones. I used to play the piano every Tuesday on the airwaves of Radio Ceylon for some time.I recall Vernon Corea being very witty and a great host and a true legend. I remember going to Nuwara Eliya for a Radio Ceylon talent contest when he hosted it and there was one Adrian Ferdinands who was a great drummer. Vernon Corea also introduced me to Livy Wijemane who was Director of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon. I also played the piano when popular Radio Ceylon Announcer Greg Roszkowski hosted a show where I was very young and had to be lifted to sit on the piano stool! I was Carmen Fernando then. I remember Vernon Corea as a perfect host on the shows over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon….’