Autobiographic Recollections - Music

published : Oct. 5, 2018, 5:36 a.m.
Although we didn’t have a radio or gramophone in the house, there was music around. My brother Nimal sang ceaselessly and also played the harmonica. He also whistled a merry tune.He gave me a harmonica when I was around 10 years and I soon was able to play any tune that came into my head. I whistled as well and I still whistle. I recall George Siegertz, who was a great whistler in my day.He reached a pinnacle of whistling when he was selected by David Lean to be the lead whistler, whistling the “Colonel Bogie’s march” in his film “The bridge over the river Kwai”

My Life as an Artist -  An Autobiography.

published : Oct. 6, 2018, 7:20 a.m.
Dr. Cholomondely de Silva, Chumley as the name is unreasonably pronounced, and Chummy to his chums was our family physician and friend, and was responsible for safely delivering me and the last two of my seven siblings into the world. My mother told me that I looked quite red when I was born, and three days later when the good doctor visited to check on me, he exclaimed “Good grief, this child has turned black”. This later lead to me being considered the black sheep of the family, and my sister Lalitha still calls me “ Kal” which is an abbreviation of “Kalu” which means black.

Autobiographic Recollections - Music And Babies

published : Sept. 28, 2018, 9:55 p.m.
We used to come to Colombo periodically as Rani & Lali were going to school at Bishop’s. We stayed at 317 Galle road which was across the road from the sea.