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The Three Sisters

Malwage Api

Inunil Menika

While researching The Three Sisters of Sri Lanka, I stumbled upon this post from Backroom – which was apparently previously found on YouTube:

Mallika, Indrani and Iranganie Perera were born to a musical family. Their mother was an accomplished pianist and a singer and though the father did not play any instruments, he loved music and was a close associate of Mohammed Ghouze, famously known as Ghouse Master. Mallika was actively involved in school variety shows at Presbyterian Girl’s School where she and Iranganie studied. Indrani later went to Stafford Ladies. Indrani’s first public encounter was a recording for school at the Radio Ceylon. Her talent was spotted by the school’s music teacher Mrs. Potgar and encouraged by the principal Mrs. Liyanage.

Mallika later attended Amaradeva‘s music classes held at YMBA and Indrani used to accompany her and practiced her singing outside the class. The girls had a difficult time when their beloved mother died of cancer, and Iranganie was only six at the time. Mallika took over the responsibility, left school and started to look after the two younger sisters, which created a strong bond between the father and the three sisters.

Indrani was selected by Dalrene as a backing singer in her band Fire Flies. Later in 1969, Indrani Joined Annesley with Moonstones and sang her first song “Dilhani” which became an instant hit. This was followed by ‘Sigiriya’ and a number of other hits. Girls’ father gave his fullest support and gave the idea of the girls forming their own band. On the 31st December 1969, they had their first performance at the Hotel Taprobane (now called Grand Orient Hotel – GOH). They had an excellent response for songs “Kalu Kella Mamai” and “Akkala Nangila”. The three sisters continued to make fabulous music for over 20 years until Mallika’s untimely death by cancer. It was not then viable for the remaining two sisters to continue under the name of Three Sisters. Indrani later embarked on a successful solo career.

Catalog number CHB 011 on Sooriya of Columbo, Sri Lanka. No release date listed.

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Translations

“Malwage Api” (Like Flowers) –Blooming in the morning, falling in the wind, We are like flowers looking for bees.. This area is soft, my heart is nice, honey taste so sweet.. Rainbow so bright, like the sun it shines, etc.

“Indunil Menika” (Purple Diamond) –Purple diamond, ask with your, attached, your picture is very pretty.. hide the shadow with my gaze, take comfort singing love songs, next time write in the letter when you’ll come here, I’m waiting to greet you when you come with a song, etc.

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