Vernon Corea - The Golden Voice of Radio Ceylon

Maha Nuge Gardens
Vernon - Sri Lanka's pioneering Broadcaster
Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC): The Story of Broadcasting in Sri Lanka
Vernon on the first ever television experimental program in Sri Lanka
Vernon Corea Presents...
London Sounds Eastern on BBC Radio London 206
EMCEE Column
Citizen Per-r-r-ra
Des Kelly and Bill Forbes on Vernon
Living in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Canon Ivan and Ouida Corea
Remembering Vernon
Funeral Service in Wimbledon
Memorial Service in Colombo
Radio Worldwide/WEC
Royal College Colombo
Bishop's College Calcutta
Maha Nuge Gardens
Sri Lanka Cricket
Prayers for Autism
News Articles
Dominicus Corea - King of Kotte
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Vernon and his family lived in Maha Nuge Gardens, a quiet lane in Kollupitiya, Colombo-3. Maha Nuge Gardens was a centre of culture and politics.



Vernon Corea in Maha Nuge Gardens in Kollupitiya, Colombo-3

Vernon added to the 'sense of community' down Maha Nuge Gardens in Kollupitiya - with the Bandaranaikes,the Dias-Abeysinghes, the Illangakons, the Wickremesinghes, the Tennekoons - this was Sri Lankan life at its best - visiting each others houses, Vernon always had the 'open door system.' There were hugely interesting personalities. At the top of Maha Nuge Gardens lived that political giant, Felix Dias-Bandaranaike. The lane was heavily guarded as Felix Dias-Bandaranaike lived up the road.

The only time there was any commotion was during the annual Royal-Thomian cricket match in Colombo, one of the most popular schoolboy encounters in Sri Lanka - Thomians and Royalists with their flags waving in the Colombo breeze would race down Maha Nuge Gardens. There were Royalists AND Thomians who lived down the road - Vernon's home was no exception, with flags of both schools flying high from the windows. The Royal-Thomian match generated a great deal of excitement not only in Maha Nuge Gardens but across Colombo.

Maha Nuge Gardens was a vibrant community. People who lived down this quiet lane were enveloped in a world of culture, media, politics,education, the arts, banking, business. In the 1970s if you walked down Maha Nuge Gardens you could hear the fiery musician, Elmer de Haan (a dominant character in the world of western music in Sri Lanka ) playing the scales, morning noon and night, in the flats at the back of Vernon's home. 

Charismatic personalities like Sammy Dias-Bandaranaike spent long hours with Vernon explaining Cheiro's book of numbers - there was 'Achchi Mummy' also related to the Bandaranaike family - they used to laugh at Vernon's jokes and his stories.

Christmas was an exciting time in Maha Nuge Gardens, neighbours visited each other's houses. Choirs in buses came to Vernon's home. Vernon being a very creative person painted a massive festive mural on the main wall of his lounge - much to the delight of his three little children.

There were so many who turned up to see Vernon, people from all over the world international broadcasters from the West Indies, India, Australia, Great Britain, Hawaii, USA. Michael Broadbent an Editor of BBC TV News came for a few days and ended up staying for a few weeks as the JVP launched their uprising in April 1971. Living in Maha Nuge Gardens was an education in itself.

The visiting Apollo 12 Astronauts are driven past Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo in the 1970s

The powerful Minister of Justice Felix Dias-Bandaranaike lived in Maha Nuge Gardens

The musical genius Elmer de Haan lived behind Vernon's residence

Discussion and debate in Maha Nuge Gardens

Celebrations in Maha Nuge Gardens

Growing up in Maha Nuge Gardens

Reverend Canon Ivan Corea in Maha Nuge Gardens in 1968

The Prime Minister of Ceylon, Dudley Senanayake, attended Canon Corea's funeral in Maha Nuge Gardens

Governor-General of Ceylon William Gopallawa (middle) was at Canon Corea's funeral in 1968

BBC TV News Editor Michael Broadbent stayed in Maha Nuge Gardens in 1971 during the JVP uprising

Sri Lanka's renowned film actress Rukmani Devi
a visitor to Vernon and Monica's home

They came to see Vernon
Clarence Wijewardene, Indrani Perera, Annesley Malawana

Life in Maha Nuge Gardens