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