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.