Photographs fom the Edirimanne Corea Family Union Sing-A-Long in the Galadari Ballroom, Colombo

Photographs from the sell out Edirimanne Corea Family Union Sing-A-Long held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galadari Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka – 20th November 2011.

Annesley Malewana talks about Vernon Corea, Sri Sangabo Corea and Vijaya Corea

The Edirimanne Corea Family Union Sing-A-Long

Vijaya Corea at the Edirimanne Corea Family Union Sing-A-Long

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ECFU organises ‘Sing-A-Long’ Event on 20th November 2011 at the Galadari Hotel Colombo

The Edirimanne Corea Family Union is organising a ‘Sing-A-Long’ on the 20th of November 2011, at the Galdari Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The compere is Vernon’s cousin, Vijaya Corea.

Here is the article from the Daily News, Sri Lanka –

Fabulous musical evening

Chance to win an air ticket:

Nalin & The Star Combnation

Annesley Malewana was mentored by Vernon Corea in the 1960s.

Here’s news of a great evening for music lovers who are looking for just the right kind of relaxation sprinkled with entertainment that combines two popular concepts.

For those who enjoy those golden oldies plus the evergreen hits of yesteryear, there is going to be an opportunity to hear them and to join in singing them. For those who love the beat, lilt and rhythm and are infected by it in a manner that makes them itch to dance the bandstand is waiting to invite, tempt and grab everyone to the dancefloor.

Nalin & the Star Combination

The date is fixed for Sunday, November 20 at 6.30 pm at the Galadari Hotel Grand Ballroom. The two in one package, which mainly comprises a “Sing-A-Long” and winds up with music for dancing until 10.30 pm, is tipped to go on record as an evening that will be long remembered.

The song and dance exponents Nalin & the Star Combination will belt out those popular hits that will see everyone joining in the singing with a prize on offer for the Best Singing Table.

In the latter part of the evening, when the mood is right for dancing, the floor will open up to take on as many couples who would enjoy tripping the light fantastic toe until guest star, the evergreen Annesley Malawana comes on stage for a scintillating performance leading to a Baila Competition that will throw up a Winner and a Runner-Up couple.

To keep the night alive and ticking compere Vijaya Corea, will be mike side with his wit and humour enveloped by the unique tambour of his golden voice.

The evening will be replete with rewards for those who are there: an air ticket is the first prize in the Entrance Ticket Draw with many more.

There are valuable prizes on the Business Ticket Draw too. Prizes have been slashed on food and beverage, especially for this occasion, with no corkage too.

Tickets can be purchased at Torana (Liberty Plaza and Majectic City) and as the saying goes – The early bird catches the worm.

Naturally, there is going to be a rush on for tickets.

Some have already planned to gather their friends and form a table, considering that every 10 tickets purchased would allow one access to an exclusive reserved table.

The significance of this evening, which has been organized by the Edirimanne Corea Family Union, is that the money spent on every ticket will not only benefit the buyer but also suffering cancer patients for whose welfare the event will be conducted as a Fund Raiser.

The tickets, for what is anticipated to be a ‘full house’, are now selling fast at Torana, Liberty Plaza and Majestic City.

As the saying goes : “The early bird catches the worm.”

Vernon Corea remembered at ECFU Thanksgiving Service at St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya

Vernon Corea was one of many members of the Corea Family remembered at the Edirimanne Corea Family Union Service held on Saturday 12th November 2011, at St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The ECFU Thanksgiving Service was held at St.Paul's Church Milagiriya

The ECFU Thanksgiving Service Booklet- 12th November 2011

The ECFU Thanksgiving List

Edirille Gedera Chilaw – The historic home of Charles Edgar Corea

Vernon Corea was a frequent visitor to Edirille Gedera in Chilaw, Sri Lanka.It was the home of his grand uncle, Charles Edgar Corea, a national hero of Sri Lanka. C.E.Corea was an independence activist and fought hard for the freedom of Sri Lanka. He was President of the Ceylon National Congress, Chair of the Chilaw Association and was an influential member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon.

Sadly half of this historic Corea home has been sold and it is now a Dulux paint shop.However the other half is still in existence with some original features added by C.E.COREA.

Here is a photograph of Edirille Gedera in 1980:

The historic Sri Lankan home - Edirille Gedera in Chilaw - the photograph was taken in the 1980. This was the home of Charles Edgar Corea, a national hero of Sri Lanka.

Mercifully half of the iconic Edirille Gedera still stands in Chilaw. These photographs were taken in August 2011:

Mahatma Gandhi visited Edirille Gedera in November 1927 - he was invited to Chilaw by C.E.Corea and Victor Corea.

Leading independence activist D.S.Senanayake and others have all visited Edirille Gedera in Chilaw.

The beautiful Edirille Gedera in Chilaw, the home of Charles Edgar Corea and family

The Master Bedroom built by C.E.Corea at Edirille Gedera in Chilaw

National hero C.E.Corea and his family lived at Edirille Gedera in Chilaw

Mahatma Gandhi and C.E.Corea have held discussions on the Verandah at Edirille Gedera in Chilaw, Sri Lanka

The iconic house ‘Sigiriya,’ in Chilaw – Mahatma Gandhi stayed here in 1927

This is the iconic home, ‘Sigiriya’ in Chilaw. Mahatma Gandhi stayed here in November 1927 on his visit to Chilaw. Sigiriya was owned by Agnes Corea, sister of C.E.Corea, Victor Corea and Dr. James Alfred Ernest Corea, Vernon’s grand father. Vernon has visited Sigiriya on so many visits to Chilaw. The house is now empty and is in a sad state.

Sigiriya Chilaw in 1980

Sigiriya Chilaw in 2011

Mahatma Gandhi stayed in Sigiriya in Chilaw in November 1927

A Banquet was held in Sigiriya Chilaw in honour of the visit of Mahatma Gandhi in November 1927.

An ornate pillar on the wall of Sigiriya in Chilaw

Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba and his entourage stayed in Sigiriya Chilaw for a few days in November 1927.

The entrance to the iconic home Sigiriya in Chilaw

Mahatma Gandhi was invited to stay at Sigiriya in Chilaw by C.E.Corea and Victor Corea

Mahatma Gandhi praised the Corea Family of Chilaw for campaigning so hard for the freedom of Sri Lanka

Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba

Mahatma Gandhi in Chilaw in November 1927

Viran Corea – Broadcaster with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

Viran Corea is the rising star in the broadcasting world in Sri Lanka. He is the eldest son of Vijaya Corea. Viran Corea is currently a newsreader with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

You Tube Film on Vijaya Corea – Sri Lanka’s Number One Media Personality

See the film on Vernon’s cousin, Vijaya Corea who is Sri Lanka’s number one media personality. Vernon Corea helped to launch Vijaya’s broadcasting career with Radio Ceylon when he asked him to stand in for the presenter ‘Uncle Craig,’ of Kiddies Corner, the popular children’s radio programme…..