Too good to miss
She was 25 when Buddhists all over the world celebrated the 2500th
Buddha Jayanthi, (counting from the date of Parinirvana) in 1955. She
was seventy five when the world marked the 2550 Buddha Jayanthi in 2006.
Boralessa with her son Kapila
Today, at the age of eighty she is happy to commemorate the 2600th
Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi, (counting from the day Buddha attained
Enlightenment), commemorate it in the best way possible. Commemorate it
with a gift to all her fans, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
The song Vivienne de Silva Boralessa presents together with her son
Kapila to mark the 2600 Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi is called Me Pin Bime.
Written by Ven Pallegama Hemarathana Thera and set to music by Navaratne
Gamage the song she says is a dream come true.
“Can you believe it, I have lived long enough to sing special songs
in commemoration of three Sambuddha Jayanthi years,” exclaims Vivienne
Boralessa. She is ever grateful to her son Kapila for producing the song
as well as the visuals filmed in Anuradhapura to be broadcast over
several television channels.
“As a mother I am proud to have a son like Kapila who not only sings
with me but ensures I realize my dreams when it comes to my career as a
She is also grateful to her husband and other offspring; her three
sons and two daughters for the love and support they have given her in
her career as a songstress spanning over seven decades. “I am happy Ven
Pallegama Hemarathana Thera wrote the lyrics for this special song and I
am indebted to Navaratne Gamage for composing the music.” she is quick
Vivienne Boralessa recalls singing songs such as Dura Pena Theni
Thala, Navathinna Tissa and Sambudu Mangalle more than 50 years ago to
mark the 2500th Buddha Jayanthi. Today, with an overwhelming response
from her fans, young and old alike, she believes she has reached the
zenith of her career with the release of Me Pin Bime, commemorating the
2600th Sambuddhatwa Jayanthi. Her son, Kapila however, thinks otherwise.
“No” he says “This is only the beginning”.
May there indeed be more new songs from this mother and son duo.