Ambalavaner Sivanandan left Ceylon in 1958, then aged 35, shocked by the violence of the ’58 riots in Colombo. Months later, he arrived in London and ‘walked straight into the Notting Hill Gate riots.’


RS was born in Wallington, London in April 1989. He was raised in a tight-knit Christian family in the London Borough of Sutton, one of the southernmost boroughs of London.