“THE BIRDS & THE BEES” – By Des 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.  ...

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“REMEMBERING CLARENCE” – By Des Kelly             He was certainly one of the very best Singer/ Songwriters that Sri Lanka was proud to call their own. Clarence Wijewardena wrote many songs, most of them, at the request of friends who, in turn, had friends wishing to record a “Clarence-song”.              This writer was already in Australia, when Clarence wrote a song entitled “Dilhani”, dedicated to the baby-  daughter of yet another friend, no doubt. It wasn’t known to many folk that Clarence wrote his song-lyrics in a simple exercise book, that most Sri Lankans would remember as a relic of their School days. He wrote many songs, so there were many exercise books, and in addition, at the beginning of each song, being a Catholic, he would also write a special little prayer, asking God to help him complete the ...

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“TOGETHER AGAIN” – By Des Kelly “THE SAME PLACE, TOGETHER AGAIN”. sounds like a great Song -title, doesn’t it ?. This beautiful little video clip was sent to me via Valerie Weerakoon and Charmaine Phillips, and yes, ladies, the Ceylon we knew was also named Seylan, Taprobane, Serendip, by the Persians, Serendib, by the Arabs, Serendivis, by the Romans,”The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, “The tear of India”, “My Lovely Island Home” by your’s truly, & right down to the Sanskrit name  “Simhaladvipah”, split down the middle to be called Simhala (Sri Lanka),dvipah (Island), which of course, it is right now (The Island of Sri Lanka). That said, I would like to thank both Valerie & Charmaine for the message they send, a message of Peace & Harmony for every square inch of those twenty six plus, thousand square miles of what could have also easily been called God’s Second ...

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MY LOVELY ISLAND HOME – By Des Kelly   There are many “song-titles” resembling the above, but the true story regarding the music and lyrics to a most beautiful song, was heard by this writer, not long after I had migrated to Melbourne, with my young family, from Ceylon, in 1962. It would have been still the mid 60’s, and I really cannot recall exactly when or where I heard it. The “title” was completely different, and the song Dilhani-dhuvani was being sung by a female of Lankan origin, that I had not heard of, nevertheless, Indrani Perera sang this song so very well (it was on cassette, I think), I listened to it, many times over, and remember feeling extremely homesick for the Country we had just left for good, not because we wanted to, but because we had to. Homesickness, sadness,there’s not much difference, I can tell you.   ...

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“LEGENDS OF LANKA” – By Des Kelly While we can “boast” many “Legends of Lanka” both past and present, Legends in almost every field of Endeavour, there would also have to be the journalistic “Legends” to write about all the  singular achievements of these people, and today, I would like to introduce a Lankan Journalist who has really “been there & done that”. To “face-book” fans, he needs no introduction at all. He makes his “comments” regularly on F.B., pulls no punches, with articulate abandon, and, best of all, (for me), is a personal friend.       I speak to Joe Vanlangenberg often and never fail to be amazed by the fact that there is hardly a single Vocalist, Male or Female, Group, Band, or Music Conglomeration that Joe isn’t familiar with. This particular article goes back to the days of Donavan Andree, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, in old Ceylon, as we knew ...

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