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Music legend Sunil Perera is no more

Veteran singer, musician and leader of the popular band ‘Gypsies’, Sunil Perera, passed away at the age of 68 yesterday.

He was admitted to a private hospital on Sunday and had passed away while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Sunil Perera tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was recently discharged after a brief stay in the hospital.

Ivor Sylvester Sunil Perera, better known by his stage name Sunil Perera, was a veteran of the Sri Lankan music world and a much-loved personality among both artistes and fans.

For the past three decades, he has been the frontman of the ‘Gypsies,’ one of the country’s biggest and most well-known musical groups, with several hit albums and sold-out performances both locally and internationally.

The band’s first hit was “Linda Langa Sangamaya” followed by ‘Amma Amma Me Mata’. ‘Kadapathakin’, ‘None Mage Sudu None’, ‘Lunu Dehi’, ‘Oye Ojaye’, ‘Piti Kotapan None’, ‘Kurumitto’, ‘Uncle Johnson’ and ‘Signore’ are some of the other notable hits by the Gypsies band. Some of his songs touched on political and social themes and he was not reluctant to express his views on political issues on and off the stage.

Sunil Perera’s recent song “Koththamalli’ was a huge blast, and it is still one of the most popular hits in Sri Lanka. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have offered condolences on the demise of veteran Singer Sunil Perera.

Sharing a tweeter post, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa noted, “A great loss to Sri Lanka’s entertainment industry as veteran musician Sunil Perera passed away. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and the people of Sri Lanka. May his soul rest in peace”.

“The entertainment arena in Sri Lanka will never be the same without you. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the legendary entertainer Sunil Perera. You will be remembered forever through your music. Rest in Peace,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Sunil Perera was also honoured by a number of local sports figures, singers, and politicians. Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella tweeted, “Today an LKA legend succumbed to COVID-19 SL. I am grateful to Sunil Perera for the countless hours of wonderful memories and entertainment.”

Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara tweeted, “The passing of a legend. A kind, gentle and generous man who moved us with song and rhythm. Small made but a giant in influence and heart. An icon but more to me a dear friend. Rest in Peace, Sunil Aiya. We will miss you. You will sing with angels now.”

Milton Mallawarachchi’s son on his Facebook posted, “Sunil Perera will always be remembered as a “baila chakrawarthi” in the Sri Lankan music industry. He has from the ground-up turned a small-time band into the large scale musical brand that we know as “ Gypsies” today. Rest in heaven, legendary soul”.

State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal offered his condolences, tweeting, “Deepest condolences to the family of my dear college friend and legendary musician Sunil Perera. We sang and shared many happy moments together, and his generosity and humour will be forever missed.”


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