The Sunday Leader

A Stage Drama On Political Crossovers

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya

The “Kavuruth Yan ne” is a stage drama that has  been successful in many parts of the country, presenting the spectators with a novel experience in stage drama.

The drama, which is a production of cine and tele director Sumith Galhena, made its inaugural debut in April 2014. Since then the drama has been very  successful and has been performed in various parts of the island with a cast  comprising  both veteran and novice actors and actresses.

The drama is based on a popular  theme in the Sri Lankan political arena – political crossovers. The director has created a political comedy that unveils the true nature of politics. The story of the drama is as follows…

A powerful politician becomes helpless when the political party he has been representing for a long time suddenly undergoes a transition of power. Due to pressure from his house and political background, he is compelled to cross over to the victorious party.

The drama then takes the spectator through the real life conflicts between the representatives, secretaries and the supporters of the two political parties in a socio-political comedy. The story also contains a ‘sub plot’ woven around the grand-daughter of the politician revealing the psychological challenges faced by the children in these political families.

From the beginning to the end the drama will keep the audience in high spirits by unveiling the truth behind present politics in Sri Lanka.

This is a drama that generates satire and the cast consists of several well-known comedy artists in the country. The role of the politician is played by veteran actor Wimal Kumara De Costa. It also marks a significance stage in his acting career as he is entering the stage after 25 years and for the first time in his  acting career, Wimal is singing songs in this drama.

“In my acting life of nearly 50 years I  was involved  in cinema. We came to the  world of acting from the stage,  and we must never forget our birth place. That is why I made up my mind to join this drama. I would advise all artists in this field to gain the experience of being involved in stage drama. That is the school for all actors,” the veteran actor said.

Apart from him other well-known artists such as Susila Kottage, Nandana Hettiarachchi, Udaya Kumari Ranasinghe, Ariyaratne Gamage, Siri Gunasekera, Ashanthi Warunasuriya, JagathWeerasinghe, ThisariSandhunika and PadminiLiyanaga are taking part in this  play. There are three songs sung in this drama. The music direction is done by Sanjeewa Perera and AnandaPerera. Karunaratne Liyanarachchi is the producer of this drama.

“This is an attempt made to give the Sri Lankan spectators a real experience about what is going on behind the veils of popular politics. Our attempt has had many positive comments. That is proven from the response of the audience and the success of the drama. It is a honour to work with such an experienced cast and I hope that this will lead to many other productions as well. Our stage drama culture is still immensely confined to Colombo so we have decided to take our production outside Colombo. The whole country has warmly embraced “Kavuruth Yan ne” said the Director Sumith Galhena.

Many well-known artists in the country have also contributed towards this drama and many who watched the drama say that it has opened their eyes to  reality.

“KawuruthYanne Na” is scheduled to be performed in several cities in the country including Badulla and Kandy. Sri Lankan viewers would  also soon be able to witness Sumith’s new mega tele drama “Rajawatte” and his upcoming movie.An artistic creation does not have a specific shape.

It can be moulded  into whatever shape by giving whatever colour. It is upto the artist to make it happen.

By using the best that is seen around him, the director has presented the audience a product that raises a burning question in this country at present and “Kawuruth Yannena” has succeeded in that regard.

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