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Manamperi launches Suvanda Salana

Parakrama Manamperi, a lead guitarist of fame in the 1970s, launched his latest CD titled 'Suvanda Salana' recently. Manamperi had his primary education in Kingswood College.

"My fascination was to play the mouth organ and guitar all the time. Senior musician Padmasiri Pasquel saw my talents and put me in Halians band."

So many people witnessed Manamperi's talents. Former minister Hector Kobbekaduwa's wife gifted him an accordion. He continued to mesmerize the audience throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Manamperi joined Agriculture Department in 1973 as the Chief Photographer. He applied for a premature retirement to open a studio of his own. He then obtained two scholarships from British Council. His first visit to overseas was Malaysia. Manamperi played in clubs to collect money for his overseas trip.

"I was quite fond of England. Even since my childhood, I behaved like a white fellow. I liked wearing shoes. But when I went to England, I observed how poor the most artistes are. I saw how they struggle to maintain their life."

 

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