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Wednesday, 25 May 2011



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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.

Vivienne 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 singer.”

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 to add.

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.



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