Vijith Kumar Senaratne mentions Vernon Corea in his new book ‘Rasa Mathaka Asiriya,’ published in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan author Vijith Kumar Senaratne has mentioned Vernon Corea in his new book ‘Rasa Mathaka Asiriya,’ published in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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The Daily Mirror newspaper of Sri Lanka also mentioned this in a feature by Gamini Akmeemana, published on the 7th of March 2017. Here is the article:

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/-Rasa-Mathaka-Asiriya-a-work-of-nostalgia-125025.html

“Rasa Mathaka Asiriya” by Vijith Kumar Senaratne is an absorbing collection of essays on a number of professionals in spheres as diverse as photography, broadcasting, teaching, music and the plastic arts.    While some of the faces in this galaxy are well known, others have hardly ever been known to the general public. Composer Premasiri Khemadasa is a known face but few would have heard of sitarist Piyadasa Athukorala, who performed in almost every major concert in the 60s and 70s including Victor Ratanayake’s Sa, and contributed those unforgettable opening melodic refrains of the song ‘Sinidu Sudumudu Thalawe’ from the film ‘Sath Samudura.’

Author Senaratne, with two previous books to his credit including one on pioneer singer Sunil Santha, has researched extensively his subjects and their careers, thereby bringing out a plethora of fascinating detail.    In the meandering tone of a natural story teller who loves telling his stories, Senaratne mentions that Sunil Santha gave away his thriving music class to young Amaradeva at a time when he himself was quite short of money. Or that Leela, Sunil’s wife, saved a couple of Tamil neighbours from a mob during the July 1983 riots, and that she died holding the hand of her old friend Dr. Thilokasundari kariyasasam.    Sitarist Athukorala went on his father’s shoulders to see Rabindranath Tagore lay the foundation stone for the Sri Pali school in Horana. Photographer and film producer Chitra Balasuriya’s Chitra Studio in Gampaha was a haven for actors and musicians, paving the way for films such as Parasathu Mal and Thunman Handiya.

The career of flutist Weerasena Pieris, whose mellifluous tones can be heard in songs such as W. D. Amaradeva’s Pipunu Kusuma and Victor Ratnayake’s Thotupola Aiye, was cut short when he was attacked with a knife as a political reprisal. Announcer Gunathunga K. Liyanage pioneered the broadcasting of Hindi songs on SLBC’s Sinhala commercial service, introduced direct phoning during live programmes into Sinhala medium broadcasting, allowing scholar Edwin Ariyadasa to comment directly while news of man’s first steps on the moon were being broadcast.

Palitha Perera, better known for his cricket commentaries, was put in charge of SLBC’s first FM Broadcast ‘City FM.’

When it comes to the teaching profession, Maya Abeywickrema rendered invaluable services as a music teacher, widening the scope of Western music education in our schools and initiated the National Youth Orchestra, producing many fine Western classical musicians. Prof. J. B. Dissanayake made the study of Sinhala an attractive proposition and wrote books in English for those studying it as a second language.

Hemapala Perera, adept protagonist of the mandolin and tabla though better known for flute playng, went blind at a tender age due to a botched innoculation. Nimal Mendis, composer of ‘Master Sir’ and ‘Ganga Addara’, wrote and performed the music with his UK band for songs by British jazz singer Mary Marshall. Mendis and his wife Ranjani made several documentaries too, including Dawn of Terror and Stop Killing, Start Singing.

Singer Irene Malini Ranasinghe, now largely forgotten, comes live in these pages. She made her mark as a playback singer in the films “Mee Messo” and “Arunata Pera.” Singer Wasantha Sandanayake was actively involved in film making, working in films such as ‘Wahal Dupatha’ and entertaining people with Tamil songs whenever the film locations were in the hills.

“Rasa Mathaka Asiriya” is an absorbing collection of essays on a number of professionals in spheres as diverse as photography, broadcasting, teaching, music and the plastic arts”

Narada Disasekara, though he became one of our best known singers in the 60s, studied science and joined the SLBC as a recording technician, achieving such fame in that profession that he recorded Ravi Shankar and was sought out by Sunil Santha to record his lament when PM S. W. R. D. Bandarnaike was killed. Narada got his break as a singer in the film ‘Sikuru Tharuwa’ thanks to film star Punya Heendeniya, who convinced music director R. Muttiswamy to give him a chance to sing. Some of M. S. Fernando’s slower songs such as ‘Bola Bola Meti’ came out of a creative necessity, due to a SLBC ban on fast rhythms during the Ridgeway Thilakaratne era.

Radio announcer Elmo Fernando was so enamoured as a schoolboy by Prosper Fernando’s Hindi songs programme that he habitually ran 15 minutes from home to school after hearing it to the end. SLBC’s Vernon Corea noticed this young enthusiast and handed him over to Karunaratne Abeysekara who took him under his wing. In the same era, prolific musician and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ferndinands lived in a house along Park Road, Havelock Town, which was more recently occupied by politician Douglas Devananda.

The book is filled with many such anecdotes and reminiscences.

Published by Agahas Prakashakayo, 717/2, Madinnagoda, Rajagiriya, the book is available at leading bookshops including Sarasavi, Gunasena, Sooriya, Vijitha Yapa and Surasa Maradana.   

Reverend Canon Ivan Corea mentioned in ‘The Most Dangerous Moment of the War – Japan’s attack on the Indian Ocean’ book

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Vernon and Ernest Corea’s late father, the Reverend Canon Ivan Corea has been mentioned in a book, ‘The Most Dangerous Moment of the War – Japan’s Attack on the Indian Ocean, 1942,’ by writer John Clancy. The book mentions that Reverend Canon Ivan Corea was preaching in a service at St. Luke’s Church Borella in Sri Lanka when the Japanese zero aircraft attacked Colombo on the 5th of April, 1942. RAF Hurricane Aircraft engaged the Japanese zero aircraft high above the church that morning.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=czMZCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA6&dq=the+most+dangerous+moment+of+the+war+japans+attack+on+the+indian+ocean+1942&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVnd-4_MTJAhUJWBoKHTr_AWsQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=the%20most%20dangerous%20moment%20of%20the%20war%20japans%20attack%20on%20the%20indian%20ocean%201942&f=false

Autistix releases latest single in the UK – ‘Just The Same.’

Band members of AUTISTIX have autism. They are a marvellous British music group a great role model for others.

Band members of AUTISTIX have autism. They are a marvellous British music group, a great role model for others.

Autism Awareness Ribbon

Autism Awareness Ribbon

Autistix are a British music group – band members are on the autism spectrum.They were recently featured on ITV in the UK. Vernon Corea raised awareness of autism when he was working at the BBC so we share their latest single ‘Just The Same’ – please support them by sharing this post with people all over the world – Autistix deserve to be heard – it is great to see them rising above the label of autism and really enjoying their music:

The Autistix sing ‘Help’ with Sir Tom Jones at a charity fundraiser in the UK:

100,000 views on the tribute website to legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea – Thank You

A Photograph of the pioneering broadcaster Vernon Corea who was known as the ‘Golden Voice of Radio Ceylon,’ now hangs in the corridor of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

We have had 100,980 views to the legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea’s tribute website – thank you. This is a historic milestone. Vernon Corea who was a pioneering broadcaster with Radio Ceylon/SLBC and the BBC passed away in New Malden in Surrey in the United Kingdom in September 2002.

VE Day – Britain remembers the ending of World War II – 70 years ago

Winston Churchill and the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on VE Day.

Winston Churchill and the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on VE Day.

The Daily Mirror front page on VE Day.

The Daily Mirror front page on VE Day.

Britain remembers the ending of World War II, a very significant anniversary on 8th May 2015 – Her Majesty the Queen recollects VE Day – here is a BBC recording with Queen Elizabeth, recorded in 1985:

Winston Churchill and Her Majesty the Queen on VE Day:

VE Day in HD Colour:

British Pathe news report on VE Day:

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg unite on VE Day 2015:

Syreeta Wright – Harmour Love – 1975

Syreeta Wright

Syreeta Wright

‘Harmour Love’ was sung by the late Syreeta Wright – featuring the great Stevie Wonder was released in the United Kingdom in 1975 when Vernon Corea and his family arrived in London.

Sadly Syreeta died of breast and bone cancer in 2004. This was a huge hit in the UK.She was married to Stevie Wonder.

His Holiness Pope Francis visits Sri Lanka in January 2015

His Holiness the Pope recently visited Sri Lanka in January 2015.

His Holiness Pope Francis in Sri Lanka - Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis in Sri Lanka – Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis  said that the legacy of injustices, hostilities and mistrust bequeathed by the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka can only be overcome by cultivating good virtues which foster reconciliation, solidarity and peace.

His Holiness Pope Francis greets the crowds in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis greets the crowds in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis with Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to the island in January 2015. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to the island in January 2015. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

“It is no an easy task to overcome the bitter legacy of injustice, hostility and mistrust left by the conflict. It can only be done by overcoming evil with good,” the Pontiff said.

The Holy See was of the view that the process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds but rather as a necessary means of promoting justice, healing and unity.

He added that followers of various religious traditions have an essential role to play in the delicate process of reconciliation and rebuilding taking place in this country.

“For that process to succeed, all members of society must work together. All must have a voice. All must be free to express their concerns, their needs, their aspirations and their fears,” the Pope added.

The Holy Father was speaking at the welcoming ceremony at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Pope Francis added that everyone should live as one family by accepting one another and respecting their legitimate differences. “Whenever people listen to one another humbly and openly, their shared values, aspirations become all the more apparent. Diversity is no longer seen as a threat but as a source of enrichment.

The path to justice, reconciliation and social harmony becomes all the more clearly seen,” he said.

The Pope stressed that the rebuilding of the country should also include promoting human dignity and respect for human rights with full inclusion of each member of society.

“It is my hope that Sri Lanka’s political, religious and cultural leaders, by measuring their every word and action by the good and the healing it will bring, will make a lasting contribution to the material and spiritual progress of the Sri Lankan people.”

http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/healing-triumph-good-over-evil-pope-francis

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