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1959

Geral and Dulcie

Gerald and Dulcie Wickremesooriya started out in business as ‘The Children’s Bookshop’: trading of Children’s books.

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1960

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Commenced trading of imported records.

Children’s Bookshop was the first to import Beatles records to Sri Lanka. The first 125 records imported sold out on the first day itself.

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1968

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Sooriya label was established and the first two contracts signed with “The Moonstones”.

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1969

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Became the sole agents in Sri Lanka for Decca Ceylonese records and a licensee for local recordings on the Decca label.

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1971

The label created many a first in the country; the first LP produced in Sri Lanka; the first Sri Lankan member of the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI); the first to blend traditional drum rhythms with a western orchestra; the first Child artiste to launch a disc.

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1972

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Sooriya’s entry into the foray of Sinhala classical & traditional music.

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1973

Sooriya was the first to popularize pop music in the Tamil language and first to re-create and record music from the old Sinhala theatre.

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1974

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The first live show hosted on a floating stage: Sooriya Show at St. Joseph’s pool on March 10, 1974.

1975

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Sooriya’s entry to religious recordings: a sermon by the famous “Rev. Narada” recorded at the Vajirarama temple premises.

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1977

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The first to release a double album in Sri Lanka: “Sa” by Victor Ratnayake

1978

Entered in to the foray of Cassettes & Pioneered the setting up of the then popular Sri Lanka Performing Rights Society (SLPRS).

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1995

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Sooriya introduced their first CD to the market

Special Contributions

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Music across various genres

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2016

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Revived in 2016, Sooriya continues its journey: taking original Sri Lankan entertainment to the world.

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