Kumar de Silva is a Colombo-based Personality Development and Corporate Etiquette Trainer with forty years of experience working and interacting, in different capacities, with hundreds of people from diverse organisations across different layers in Sri Lanka’s multi-disciplined corporate sector.
He has also been the Official Corporate Etiquette Trainer for Mr. Sri Lanka, Mrs. Sri Lanka, Miss World Sri Lanka, Miss Universe Sri Lanka, Miss Intercontinental Sri Lanka and Mr. Sri Lanka for Manhunt International.
Educated at Wesley College Colombo, he graduated with an Honours Degree in English and French from the University of Kelaniya where he also subsequently lectured.
Multi-lingual, de Silva is a well-known Public Relations and Media Consultant, a former newspaper journalist, a popular emcee and Editor of the leisure and lifestyle blog – www.colombodiary.com. In October 2012, the Government of France conferred on him the title of ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’
(Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters) in recognition of his efforts to promote the French culture and language in Sri Lanka.
Author of best sellers such as the biographies of Sri Lanka’s internationally celebrated film maker Dr. Lester James Peries and the matriarch of the Sinhala cinema Iranganie Serasinghe, in addition to his own story ‘Bonsoir Diaries’, he is also a keen photographer with several one-man exhibitions to his credit, presented by the Alliance Francaise.
A lover of classical music and the movies, he lists “dabbling in Tarot”, growing cacti, writing poetry and “observing human behavioural patterns” as his hobbies.
A former ITN news reader, he is a Paris-trained, award-winning television personality, and is best remembered for the ‘Bonsoir’ and ‘Fanclub’ programmes he hosted over ITN, and more recently his celebrity talk shows – ‘Anything But with Kumar de Silva’, and the ‘Lockdown Diaries’ - on www.pulse.lk