The 'warm and cool' of straight politics
effect, Moragoda was performing his part, that of the new breed of
politician. The one who is willing to tell the truth and tell it at whatever
book A Warm Heart, A Cool Head And A Deep Breath is a reflection of this. It
is not really Moragoda's philosophy that is in the book . The collection of
speeches is a collective voice of what he has been in public.
as for us today, there is a choice. The choice of becoming in the 21st
century the Hong Kong of South Asia, or of becoming the Balkans, the
Yugoslavia of South Asia. As of now , I believe that we are headed towards
the latter," he said in his maiden speech in parliament on December 8,
then Moragoda was quite frank about him being
among Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's chosen few. He was an
advocate as well as a believer in the Ranil philosophy.
years down the line Moragoda is a point man in the peace process. Whenever
the opportunity presented, Moragoda tried to be frank.
of us lies a long, arduous journey. Even after an agreed devolution of
powers and the resumption of normal social and economic exchange among all
the parts of our country, there will remain the immense task of preparing
the the minds of future generations to absorb the lessons of a tragic
past." He did not say this yesterday. This was the day after the MoU
went through, addressing the media.
speeches give insight into what Moragoda has uttered in public, but whether
voters believe him is not dealt with. Moragoda's chosen path, that of a UNP
politician is not the most trusted in the public's eye. His predecessors and
some colleagues in the present parliament have done their level best to make
sure that public trust is zero if not below.
at times Moragoda sounds little too good to be true. In the vicous political
culture to which he was born to like the rest of us, has taught hard lessons
not to believe the saints. The US connection has been used by many a
distractor to taunt Moragoda as another Yankee Dikey in the making.
the United States were truly to accept and undertake the role of leader, for
which its achievements unquestionably qualify it; if it were to apply its
substantial resources to the promotion of democracy and free trade worldwide
and do so with respect for its partners and with paitence and restraint that
the strong should show those less strong, then not only would the security
of the world be enhanced and the causes which erode security and breed
terrorism be removed, but the world would look with fresh eyes upon its
hegemony. You may then still hear the cry 'Americains, go home!' but it may
well be accompanied by the refrain '...but please, take me with you!"
Cool stuff, but say that to Iraqis.
idea that he is carrying a brief for the Amercians is heightened by such
statements. Moragoda is in no position to change that with a collection of
speeches. The US role in world affairs can undermine Moragoda. But he has
never changed his line when coming under political fire.
advantage that Moragoda has is that his most immediate appeal would be to
the Colombo constituency which is more atuned to world affiars than the rest
of country. The villages may buy the anti-US speak, but he still would be
able to make his point to the voters who matter for the timebeing.
add to the woes he has been targeted by the likes of Wimal Weerawansa of the
JVP: when anti-Americanism is a convenient flag, Moragoda runs the risk of
being the pole.
to change the public mindset would be his biggest challenge. Whether he could do that is a
toss up question. Others have failed and power corrupts in this country.
Moragoda has made his vow that he is out to change this.
time will tell whether he would succeed.
would have to prove that it most certainly is a warm heart and a cool head,
not a calculating brain and a cool head.
best of them - onstage
2002-2003 National Drama Festival second round will be held at Tower
July 14 to August 5 from 6.30 pm onwards. One unique feature of the festival
is that length dramas and short dramas will be held together with
alternative theatre. A new form of theatre will also be introduced at this
Round Selections - Length Dramas
Wila - Yasaratne Ratnayeke
Amathai (Waiting for Godot part II) -
Anthony Royston Jude
- Visakesa Chandrasekaram
- M. Ranjith Harischandra
Vilasini - Ruwini Manamperi
Caarika - W. P. W. P. Wickramasuriya
- Lal Premaratne
Harold - Buddhika Damayantha
- K. A. Hemantha Prasad
For The Road - Malaka Dewapriya
Gedara - Chaturani Tilakaratne
Samaga - Sarath Kotalawala
- Chamika Hatlalwala
Round Selections - Short Dramas
- Sameera Hewage
Enna Epa - Liyanage Chandrani
Bottu - W. D. Lakruwan
- H. P. Pushpa Tushari
Enakan - Lasantha Francis Silva
- Anil K. Wijesingha
Yanakan - Gamini Jayakodi
Sawdama - Sumeda Jayasekara
Minihek - Berti Lokuliyana
Mala - Sanjeewa Upendra
Awasarai - Saman Chandana
Nati Kalayak - W. R. Prasad Wickramaratna
Mara - Tilak Nandana Hettiarachchi
Riyana - Lal Wasantha Karunaratne
radio serial turns into literature
Panorama, a col-lection of plays by Milinda Rajasekera portrays very
realistically the ups and downs of family life in Sri Lanka. The collection
features 15 scenes of a popular radio serial play broadcast over Radio Sri
Lanka from April to March 1998 as a weekly programmme.
scenes portray the goings on in a Sri Lankan middle class home comprising
father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather and uncle.
actions and reactions of this household facing day-to-day problems and
issues that affect and interest them, is dramatically portrayed in these
no doubt intriguing as a radio serial however, their quality as literature
is somewhat questionable. Conversations do sometimes sound unnatural and
forced. Nevertheless, events and characters so epitomise Sri Lankan life,
and situations are so close to the individual experience that it is easy to
it is an interesting, if not deep work by a writer of some repute in the
in colour on things of beauty
art exhibition of oil paintings titled Reflections In Colour by Jayani
Pinnawala, will be held from July 25-27 at the Lionel Wendt Gallery Colombo.
exhibition is an attempt to portray nature in all its variety along with
various aspects of life. Her subjects of interest are animals, flowers and
birds. She selects subjects and goes for various hues to bring out something
very refreshing to the eye.
who has developed her talent as a painter is a senior public servant and has
gained much experience in many ministries and departments. At present she
functions in the office of commissioner general in the Prime Minister's
office. Though a busy career woman involved in official duties and
responsibilities, her main form of relaxation is painting. She firmly
believes that one could forget the whole world while the mind is directed
towards the subject of painting. Further, painting is a therapy and a way to
balance your mind.
her inherent talent she engaged herself in painting while serving as deputy
ambassador in Italy. The rich cultural surroundings in Italy and the love of
art of the Italian people motivated her to take her painting to a higher
pedestal This prompted her to conduct her first solo exhibition in Italy, in
the famous Isle of Capri. The encouragement she received from the Italians
and other foreigners motivated her to have another, a joint exhibition also
with her regular trips overseas and the experiences gained she has blended
the creations of both Western and Eastern influences in to her oil
believes that people are born with one or more inherent talents that could
be developed and made use of during one's lifetime.
the pressures of work as a career woman she believes that one could develop
talent with meaningful time management. She has been a keen lover of drama
and music and acted in the play
Sinhabahu produced by the late Professor Ediriweera Sarathchandra. She has
also taken part in drama and music while at Visaka Vidyalaya.
Sri Lanka we have a rich culture and heritage but yet to motivate and
inspire artistes to develop their talents.
Hathak in aid of playground
stage play Charitha Hathak will go on the baoards at the Tower Hall,
Maradana, on Friday July 18
from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. The play is in aid of the development of the primary
playground at Sri Dharmaloka MMV, Kelaniya.
Gunawardena who is an old boy of this school directs the play. He will also
play the lead role.
often one writes reviews to lament the mess made by a director or cast of a
perfectly good play. This has often been the case for me, when I return from
most visits to the Lionel Wendt wringing my hands in despair at some
multilation of an excellent script or novel. Not so after last Saturday's
performance of ***K'by Mind Adventures, when I walked out marveling
at the talent and creativity that had gone into redeeming what at
best appeared to be a mediocre piece of work.
the play. Senaka Abeyratne's script had substance of plot and character.
Unfortunately, most of the scenes seemed a little too 'staged' for my
liking. Take for example the interactions between Mevan (male lead) and his
mother, where we learn within a span of one conversation that he murdered
his wife, that he once slept with his mother and that his father committed
suicide or more sinisterly, was murdered by his mother. Or again the scene
between Mevan and his best friend Ruwan, who converse long and hard about
Ruwan's business of selling arms to both sides of the Sri Lankan conflict.
Were these added measures of shock-value aimed at pushing the boundaries of
the prudish Colombo theatergoer? In my assessment, the added elements of
darkness somewhat detracted from the already dark and complex relationship
between the two central characters, Mevan and Shani. Also there was a lot to
be said for locating this play in Colombo. The play could have been located
anywhere in the world and still have carried through in relevance. Why go to
the trouble of locating it in Colombo, if its only pushed home through the
passing references to places of familiarity (Akasa Kade,' Asha Central)?
the acting. Kudos to Ryan Holsinger and Piyumi Samaraweera as Mevan and
Shani respectively, for maneouvering themselves through two very difficult
roles. The scenes of abuse were painfully authentic to the merit of these
young actors. I was especially impressed with Piyumi Samaraweera, who
although a relative newcomer to the theatre-scene, captured the complexities
and darkness of her role. Deshan Devasagayam gave another convincing
performance as Ruwan. The actress playing Mevan's mother was somewhat weak,
and appeared a little ill-equipped to handle to gamut of emotions required
of her character.
the directing. I have been a great admirer of Tracey Holsinger and a
follower of Mind Adventures since its inception. In Tracey, I think we have
the makings of a director who is original, creative and daring. In the likes
of individuals like her I think we have a thriving English theatre scene
that is not confined to carbon-copy reproductions of Broadway musicals or
slapstick situational village-idiot comedies. Congratulations to Tracey and
to her cast for a job well done!
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