“To say that Tamils are being persecuted in Sri Lanka is bunkum,” said an Australian who recently visited Sri Lanka. Gayathri is not just any Australian, nor is she any ordinary Tamil.
Gayathri Jude is the daughter of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Kumaru Pancharatnam, better known by his nom de guerre, George Master.
George Master was in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) when his daughter in Australia decided to visit Sri Lanka in hopes of seeing her father.
Sri Lankan Music - Wellington Mervin Bastian (died 1986) was a Sri Lankan singer who developed the style of chorus baila in the 1940s.
Bastianz was a police officer who played in a marching band when he began his music career. Drawing from his orchestral roots, he transformed the tunes of standards like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Inky Pinky Parlez Vouz” into classic baila songs.
His songs dealt with everyday life and simple people. One of his hits was an ode to a nurse named Nona and another covered the trial of jilted lover Eric Bacho. He sang several songs in English.
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