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Legendary C T Fernando with Rukmani Devi
Cyril Tudor Fernando, popular as C T Fernando was born on the 28th January 1921 at Kadalana Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. A product of St. Mary’s College Nawalapitiya, who often won prices for elocution, singing and drama, including a gold medal of oratory. He was a chorister in his local parish church, and later became the choir master of A.R.P. Messenger service in colombo between 1942 to 1965. He later joined the Grand Cabaret to entertain the troops and further developed his musical talents. In 1946 after a successful audition, he was accepted as a singer in the Radio Ceylon. During the latter part of the 1946, he recorded ‘Pinsiduwanne’ which became a popular hit. He released his first Gramophone record under HMV label produced by Cargills Limited who were the HMV agents in Ceylon. Most of his songs were created by himself.
On October the 17th 1977 CT passed away from a heart attack, leaving a vaccum on popular music in Sri Lanka. Although he is no more with us, his golden voice still lingers among his fans.
The Nightingale of Sri Lanka, Rukmani Devi was born as Daisy Daniels on the 15th January 1923 at Ramboda, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Grew up in Colombo, and she showed an inborn talent to Singing and Dancing whilst studying at St. Clares School at Wellawatte, Colombo 4.
In 1935 at the age of 12, Rukmani performed on stage as an actress. She married Eddie Jayamanne, the veteran film and stage actor, and this paved her the way to embark on an illustrious career that spanned over four decades. Her first recording Sri Budhdhagaya Vihaarae with Rupasinghe Master in 1938 was a massive hit that shaped her career as a singer. Rukmani played different roles in 99 films. In the 60s, she teamed up with Neville Fernando and the Los Cabellaros and went on to record ever so popular songs such as Malbara Himidiriye and Sandak Nagii.
On the October 28th 1978, Rukmani died of a Tragic motor accident near St. Marys Church Tudella, Ja-Ela.