Sunil Perera, a veteran singer, musician, and leader of the popular band “Gypsies,” died at the age of 68.
He died a short while ago while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, according to reports.
Sunil Perera had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was only recently released after a brief stay in the hospital. He was readmitted to the hospital yesterday owing to an unexpected sickness, according to reports.
Ivor Sylvester Sunil Perera, better known by his stage name Sunil Perera, was a true veteran of the Sri Lankan music industry and a much-loved personality among both artists and fans.
For the past three decades, Sunil Perera and his brother Piyal have been members of the ‘Gypsies,’ one of the country’s biggest and most recognized musical ensembles, with many hit albums and sold-out shows both at home and abroad.
Sunil joined his father, Anton Perera, and his brothers – Nihal, Lal, Nimal, Piyal, and others – in the band The Gypsies as soon as he left high school in 1969.
Along with his brother Piyal Perera, Sunil was the band’s main vocalist. In 1972/1973, they released their first success, “Linda Langa Sangamaya,” along with “Amma Amma Me Mata.”
In 1980, Gypsies released their first cassette tape with the song ‘Kurumitto’. Other famous hits sung by Gypsies include ‘Kadapathakin’, ‘None Mage Sudu None’ (1977), ‘Lunu Dehi’ (1987), ‘Oye Ojaye’ (1989), ‘Piti Kotapan None’ and ‘Signore’ (1997).
Sunil’s recent works include the popular songs such as ‘I don’t know why’ which addresses mere sociopolitical issues through humor and 2017’s ‘Koththamalli’.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill