Memorial Service in Panadura for distinguished Sri Lankan pianist Nihal Corea

Nihal Corea, a cousin of Vernon Corea was a well known pianist in Sri Lanka.

Nihal Corea, a cousin of Vernon Corea was a well known pianist in Sri Lanka.

A Memorial Service for Vernon Corea’s cousin, the distinguished Sri Lankan pianist Nihal Corea who passed away recently, will be held on the island in June.

A Thanksgiving Service for the life of the late Nihal Corea will be held on Saturday, 21st June 2014 at St. John’s Church, Panadura.

Nihal Corea has played the piano at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and the Colombo Hilton among other venues. Having started his musical career in 1964, Nihal was playing for many bands until 1976 when Randy Pieris and The Playboys disbanded and he was compelled to take over Oceanites as their organiser. It was only after he received an offer from vocalist Sanath Goonetilleke to join his band Gentle On My Mind, he bid goodbye to Oceanites after six months. Nihal Corea was a self-taught pianist.

His last appearance at a family gathering was when he played for the wedding of Sashika Corea, daughter of Vijaya Corea and Ranjani Corea to Mahiman Sivasundaram at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo in 2011.

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