A few days back saw a post by/about Nirmalan Dhas and thought it was the same Dhas I knew many years ago. My classmate Shantha Weerakoon set me straight. It was Christo Dhasan. It brought back memories of Kokos and the Colombo Rock scene in the late 70's. The times that Aruna Batuwantudawe (passed away), Richard Simon and I were regulars at Kokos. Maybe semi regulars, I had to raise money by giving tuition for entry fees and other ancillary (hmm..) expenses. I think Richard and Batu had similar issues. A couple of times we met another classmate G. H. T. de Silva who also played with a band and was featured at Kokos. GHT was the youngest of the GH* de Silva brothers (GHT where the hell are you ?)
Back to Kokos. Kokos was owned by Darup Peiris a Thomian, Brian Knower and Christo Dhason were also Thomians and I think classmates of Darup. So, think Kokos was let out at minimal cost for these occasions.
Brian Knower's site: http://bryanknower.com/ and music http://www.reverbnation.com/bryanknower
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