Sunil Perera

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Sunil Perera
Birth nameIvor Sylvester Sunil Perera
GenresSri Lankan Baila
Occupation(s)Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer
InstrumentsBass guitar, Vocals
Years active1969 - Present
LabelsGypsy Enterprises, Torana
Associated actsGypsies

Sunil Perera (born 14 September 1952) is a Sri Lankan vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and composer. He is the leader and the lead vocalist of the popular Sri Lankan band, Gypsies.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1952 Sunil Perera completed his education at St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and St. Peter’s College, Colombo. He was a member of the school band.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1969 as soon as he left school, Sunil joined the band The Gypsies. The band was formed in 1969 by his father, Anton Perera, a confectioner at the Glucorasa company.[citation needed]

Sunil Perera was the main vocalist of the band. Their first hit Linda Langa Sangamaya was released in 1972/1973. Other tracks sung by Sunil Perera include, None Mage Sudu None (1977), Lunu Dehi (1987), Kurumitto, Oye Ojaye (1989),[3] Pity Kotapan None and Signore (1997).[citation needed]

Sunil remains one of the most famous singers in the country,[4] while his band Gypsies remains one of Sri Lanka’s biggest musical franchise for the past three decades, with regular foreign tours, several hit albums and sold-out concerts.[3]

Sunil Perera's recent works such as I don't know Why addresses mere sociopolitical issues through humor. Several of his songs have been banned by the state media.[3]

Ideology[edit]

Sunil Perera recently came up with his own ideology about the sociopolitical situation in the country. He is highly critical towards Sri Lankan society and politics.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sunil is married to Geetha Kulatunga[5] and has two sons and two daughters. He also has grandchildren.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Direct talk with Sunil Perera". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b http://www.gypsies.lk/Biography.html
  3. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://ravana.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/interview-with-sunil-perera-the-gypsies-king-on-sex-religion-and-politics/
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)