A leading Sri Lankan record label that produced many popular hits from late 1960’s to the early 1980’s.
The label is re-launched in 2016 with the motto of taking Sri Lankan entertainment global.
Gerald and Dulcie Wickremesooriya started out in business as ‘The Children’s Bookshop’: trading of Children’s books.
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.
Sooriya label was established and the first two contracts signed with “The Moonstones”.
Became the sole agents in Sri Lanka for Decca Ceylonese records and a licensee for local recordings on the Decca label.
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.
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.
The first live show hosted on a floating stage: Sooriya Show at St. Joseph’s pool on March 10, 1974.
Sooriya’s entry to religious recordings: a sermon by the famous “Rev. Narada” recorded at the Vajirarama temple premises.
The first to release a double album in Sri Lanka: “Sa” by Victor Ratnayake
Entered in to the foray of Cassettes & Pioneered the setting up of the then popular Sri Lanka Performing Rights Society (SLPRS).
Sooriya introduced their first CD to the market
Revived in 2016, Sooriya continues its journey: taking original Sri Lankan entertainment to the world.