DESMOND KELLY

  The song was composed by Clarence Wijewardena, who also was the Music Director when  Annesley Malawana recorded it.            This version was performed by a pretty ordinary bloke & a pretty extraordinary girl, when you get to the bottom of it.            Another positive step toward a Covid 19 breakthrough in Melbourne Victoria, this is the type of music and dancing one can look forward to, post Covid 19.  However guys, be careful of the steps you take, and gals, beware of the moves you make. Enjoy the video, and as we used to say in Ceylon, “PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM”.           Desmond Kelly.(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.           Source link ...

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Coming to me from a close friend in London, Jude Goonawardane, is the tragic story of Sirima, a lesser known Sri Lankan Artiste, actually a classmate of his brother, who did not get the chance of being better-known, simply because of the innate jealousy of her partner who brutally ended her life, before she even had the chance to tread the boards of Showbiz to the fullest. It is a sad story folks, but coming from a man who “keeps tracks” of each & every Musician, Band, Group, in fact, what he does not know about every Lankan Entertainer, past & present, is not worth knowing, I have decided that all eLanka readers around the World should get their chance to know Sirima just that little bit better.    Desmond Kelly(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.  Sirima Wiratunga! Sirima Nicole Wiratunga was born to a Sri Lankan father and a French mother on 14 ...

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We speak and write so much about this lovely Island that so many of us still call home, it seems reasonable enough to add to the list of attractions,  “The Rivers Of Old Ceylon”, mentioned above. I always refer to my Motherland as Ceylon, simply because I think that this is the prettiest name, from many others she was called, over the years.           The tourist attractions that Sri Lanka has,(when people are able to move around again), are far too numerous to mention, but this article that came to me via Victor Melder, who needs absolutely no introduction to us Ceylonese or Sri Lankan, brought back so many vivid memories, I just had to share it with our eLanka members. We are not talking about the Rivers of Babylon here, we are talking about our own, The rivers of old Ceylon.  Plesse read, and be ...

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“DILEEPA PODI PUTHU” Lyrics & Music:- Clarence Wijewardena “Cover Version”-  Lohan Samaratunga   How many times have we heard this phrase ?. This is a very special Sri Lankan song, composed by the late, great Clarence Wijewardena to portray the loving relationship between Father & Son, and now, many years later, what I think is a beautiful “cover” version of this song,done by Lohan Samaratunga, for his Dad, Kirthi, is a video that I felt would be appreciated by all our eLanka members & readers around the World. What was even more surprising to me, is that Kirthi Samaratunga is the Son of a certain Lieut.Comdr. Samaratunga of the Royal Ceylon Navy during the 1950 era, that I served under, so now, here am I, nearly 60 years later listening to his grandson singing on you-tube. I repeat, it is a small World, isn’t it ?.       The present Samaratunga ...

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Source:Factsanddetails    Once again, they say “you live & learn”. Marcus Cicero (43BC) of the Roman Empire, wrote these amazing words of wisdom. I would like to pass this Sarstharakaraya’s message onto each & every member of eLanka in (2020 AD) in the hope that THEY will live & learn from it. BTW, this little beauty of a “post”was sent to FB by Dal de Rozairo, a Burger from Ceylon then, Sri Lanka now, to The Burgher Connection with a touch of Madness (and sometimes, more than a touch of it) I’m afraid. Anyway, cut the chatter Des.,and let’s get down to it.  THE POOR – WORK & WORK.  THE RICH  – EXPLOIT THE POOR.  THE SOLDIER – PROTECTS BOTH.  THE TAXPAYER – PAYS FOR ALL THREE.  THE BANKER – ROBS ALL FOUR.  THE LAWYER – MISLEADS ALL FIVE.  THE DOCTOR – BILLS ALL SIX.  THE GOONS – SCARE ALL ...

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  She certainly is. An amazing performer, if ever there was one. Also brings back memories of another “Circus-Girl” I knew, back in the 50’s. Donavan Andree booked them to tour Ceylon, and I was lucky enough to join this group in a show titled Continental Non-stop Revue, & toured Ceylon with them. The Juggler/Contortionist in this show was an English beauty-rose whose name was Lily. This is another story for eLanka, another time, but I do wish we could have featured this Juggler like no other on our Revue.         When I see someone who is so very special at what they do, generally  eLankans, I wish to share it with you, so here goes. I am almost sure that she is not Lily, but then Lily would have been proud of her, as well. Here she is, folks, The Juggler like no other.       ...

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I remember the old poem Anguru kaka, watura bibi, kolomba dhuwana yakada yaka, very well. It seems like yesterday, really, and brings back many memories of the old Steam Trains, the Moratuwa Railway Station, a mere stone’s throw away from where I lived, as a toddler, where these magnificent Steam Trains used to have their bellies filled with water from the huge steel tanks (pictured), via equally huge rubber hoses, then, especially as it was just getting dark, we would hear the distinct whistle, as the train driver indicated that he was leaving the Station. Brother Ian was about a year old, and I was just four in 1940, when we were treated to a “firework-show” at eventide each evening, when, out of it’s main smoke turret at the front of the engine, a shower of sparks would burst forth, giving us a “show” that many would pay to see. ...

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                     “COMEDY IS” – By Des Kelly   Just a short while to go, before all Victorians in Australia will be able to move around freely, once more. We have been trying our very best to keep ourselves occupied for the past few weeks, in lockdown, because of C.V.19, and it has been extremely difficult, but now Charles Schokman has been kind enough to present the Irish Comic genius Dave Allan who, in turn, is trying to teach us how to tell the time.            This also tells us a few things. Dave should have been here with us in Melbourne, teaching some NITWITS that THEY will be responsible for a longer TIME in  restrictions if they keep going to the beach, breaking the contact rules,  and being stupid. Also, that comedy, as entertainment, need not be offensive ...

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Hi folks, this hilarious little account of  Life in the Army was sent to me by one of my friends, who also thrives on good comedic material. Arthur Speldewinde, needs no introduction at all, especially to us Burgher buggers from Ceylon then, Sri Lanka, now. I had to share this true story with thousands of eLanka members and readers, all over the World. This is, as I often say, on FB. etcerera, “Especially for you”. Please read it and have a bit of a chuckle. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.      Life in the  Australian Army.. Text of a letter from a kid from Romagna to Mum and Dad. (For Those  of you not in the know, Romagna is a  small town, west  of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland )   Dear Mum & Dad, I  am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big  brothers Doug and Phil ...

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    Yet another wonderful article to be shared with all of you, who are members of eLanka. This superb building in the very heart of Colombo Fort, holds special memories for “your’s truly”, as well, because it was here that the girl of my dreams worked as a Stenographer in the 1950’s. It was from one of those windows (upstairs), that she first saw the Queen of England, Elizabeth ll, making her way into Queen’s House (where else ?), which was practically opposite the P,M,G’s building. Her Majesty was in a magnificent car of course, with her husband, but they were deliberately being driven very slowly, so the adoring crowds could catch a glimpse of them. Cynthia Georgesz, one of my girlfriends at the time, told me that she was very lucky indeed to be able to see our Monarch quite clearly, adding that Queen Elizabeth was a very ...

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