Halpeliyanage Morris Joseph de Silva, popularly as Freddy Silva (Sinhala: ෆේරඩී සිල්වා) (1938–2001), was a Sri Lankan film actor, and a playback singer, who appeared from 1973 until 2002. Freddie is known as the most popular Sri Lankan comedian of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in over 450 films of which 300 were screened at the celebration of fifty years in Sinhala Cinema).
In the 1950s Silva performed the Alanson Mendis composition “Bar Bar Bar” in front of Sir John Kotelawala and was warmly received. He used this opportunity to get a letter of recommendation from Kotelawala which he presented to Livy Wijemanne of Radio Ceylon to secure a job as a radio artist.
Silva’s first recording was “Mottapala.” He followed the song with “Bar Bar Bar” now updated with music by P. L. A. Somapala. It was a success. Subsequent efforts teamed Silva with the late Premakirthi de Alwis. Their work include comedic songs like “Aron Mama”, “Pankiritta”, “Nedeyo”, “Handa Mama”, “Kekille Rajjuruwo” and “Parana Coat” (from Lokuma Hinawa). Silva’s crowning achievement is considered the tune “Kundumani.”
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