Prime Ministers of Ceylon in London with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers

Here are some rare photographs of Prime Ministers of Ceylon with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers at Commonwealth Prime Ministers meetings in London from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The first Prime Minister of Ceylon D.S.Senanayake with King George VI at Buckingham Palace in 1949:

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

The Queen with Prime Minister of Ceylon Dudley Senanayke in 1952:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala in 1955:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street in 1956:

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1961:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1964:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

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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.

Veteran Musician Joe B Perera passes away in Sri Lanka

The veteran Sri Lankan musician Joe Bee Perera has died. Photo courtesy of Sinhala Jukebox.

The veteran Sri Lankan musician Joe Bee Perera has died. Photo courtesy of Sinhala Jukebox.

The veteran Sri Lankan musician Joe B Perera has passed away. He launched his musical career in 1964 when the island was known as Ceylon. Vernon Corea has featured Joe B Perera’s music over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon in the 1960s as well as writing about him in his EMCEE column in the Ceylon Daily News.

Read about Joe Bee Perera’s music career:
http://www.sinhalajukebox.org/feature/JoeBPerera.php

The music of Joe Bee Perera:

Radio Ceylon featured Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech 50 years ago

Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in Asia, featured the historic event in Washington DC on 28th August 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character,” it was stunning oratory. Martin Luther King was striving for freedom in his civil rights campaign. His speech was delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in the United States of America, fifty years ago. It was headline news on Radio Ceylon in 1963.

Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta visited India landing in Mumbai on 10th February 1959. He was mobbed in India by people who had admired his campaign, he had many admirers in Ceylon, including Vernon Corea.

Read Martin Luther King Jr’s account of his trip to India:
http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/primarydocuments/Vol5/July1959_MyTriptotheLandofGandhi.pdf

Martin Luther King Jr, his wife Coretta with the Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru in 1959:

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Martin Luther King speaking about the great Mahatma Gandhi of India said:

Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large scale. Love, for Gandhi, was a potent instrument for social and collective transformation. It was in this Gandhian emphasis on love and nonviolence that I discovered the method for social reform that I had been seeking for so many months. The intellectual and moral satisfaction that I failed to gain from the utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill, the revolutionary methods of Marx and Lenin, the social-contracts theory of Hobbes, the “back to nature” optimism of Rousseau. the superman philosophy of Nietzsche, I found in the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Gandhi. I came to feel that this was the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.”

Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis aged 39.

What does Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech say about him:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/23815398