29th June, 2003 Volume 9, Issue 50
lovers feast online
on a number of subjects are created every minute of the day. However while
accessing these websites we often find that what we require is not always
order to acquire the information we need especially on dramas and films we
have to keep logging in from one site to another. But today with the
intention of making life easier for theatre, drama and film enthusiasts, two
websites with comprehensive details have been created in Sri Lanka.
man behind this informative idea is Thilina Alahakoon. The creation of the
two websites by Alahakoon stems from a personal experience he had. As a man
interested in drama and films, Alahakone like any other lover of the arts
used to surf the net in order to gain more knowledge on the subject.
to his utter disappointment Alahakone realised, there wasn't a comprehensive
informative website that could be accessed which provided the information he
to Alahakoon the theatre website was launched five months ago and the film
website three months back.
websites will contain children's dramas, Tamil dramas, puppetry, long and
short dramas and ballad dramas. Alahakoon explained that nowhere in the
world would you find a website consisting of such information. Access to
photographs from the plays could also be obtained from the websites.
have very good talent for dramas in Sri Lanka. But sadly not many people are
interested in promoting such dramas and films locally. Once a good drama or
film is shown it is put aside and forgotten" Alahakoon said.
to Alahakoon good quality dramas and films once shown in the country should
then be taken abroad for international viewing, and with the intention of
developing communication between foreign countries.
went on to explain that in Sri Lanka there is no official website for
information on films. What you get are only personal websites of artistes,
directors and producers.
to Alahakoon his website will provide information on the history of films
and on the film halls in Sinhala and English medium. The main reason for the
creation of this website is to create awareness among the public. However
Alahakoon has also offered those knowledgeable in this subject to come
forward and voluntarily contribute towards this website.
as the Free Artist Theatre Group, the team working on this website hope to
give their viewers up to date info on www.fatat.net and www.filmhall.com
writer with a purpose...
two works, Kadapatha and Music From Another Room form two of the most
promising works in the recent past by a young writer in Sri Lanka. Kadapatha
provides a unique and somewhat startling insight into the soul of a thinker,
a philosopher, a child, an artist - her friend - and her country. It is a
touching tale of friendship, vague yet paradoxically intense pride in one's
heritage - and deep loss. It is, surprisingly for one so young, a frank and
uninhibited gaze into the eyes of death. And sometimes that look is even
could a spirit return to sea and expect to feel at home in a completely
different situation? What did their spirits look like? Did those who commit
their remains to the sea grow fins after they died?"
anything the verbosity and sometimes unnecessary complexity of the language
takes away slightly from the depth of the work, but the essence of the
thoughts and impressions remain.
for the poetry, they are pleasing to the ear - as poetry was meant to be in
early times. And it is easy to get carried away in most cases by their
metrical accuracy and lilting rhythm alone. However the language is once
again far more complex than need be, somewhat diminishing the pleasure one
might have taken in the range and craftsmanship. Take for instance this
verse from a poem titled Summer Hues:
welkin explodes with a fiery range,
plumes on harvest's face,
hallowed forms and secret coves,
the cares of wetted shapes."
enchanting scene in weighty and somewhat artificial language; well crafted
but too heavy to be breathtaking. The appeal of many of the world's greatest
works lies in their very simplicity. Take Wordsworth's Daffodils or even
Shakespeare's sonnets: where is the complex language in the universally
alluring Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? To have an extensive
vocabulary is undoubtedly an asset. Yet like painting - it is not about
displaying all the colours on one's palette - but rather about catching the
right hues and blending them cleverly.
does not however mean that there is a lack of depth or feeling. From the
gross unfairness of Argemmemnon's sacrifice of his daughter Iphagenia on the
predictions of the prophet Calchas to the sufferings of a soldier in the
Second World war to the vicissitudes of daily life - Sonalini's sensitivity
and powers of observation are keen.
substance is there. With a little brushing up this girl can definitely do
great things with her writing.
proceeds from the sale of the two books, which are available as a couplet,
will go towards two charities - one for the children's ward of the cancer
hospital and the other towards refurbishing rural libraries. The books are
available at the Cargills outlet down Baybrook Street, Odel's and C.G
of a ballpoint pen
would ever think that a simple ballpoint pen used for jot-ting down notes
could result in a beautiful painting? To many of us ballpoint pens of
different colours mean only one thing - writing. However for Mangala
Madanayake, an artist with an unusual talent, a coloured ballpoint pen is a
way of expressing his feelings and ideas in the form of a picture.
colours like red, blue, green, black and brown Madanayake creates paintings
that are unique and close to nature. While blending and mixing these colours
as would be expected by any painter, Madanayake creates pictures of an
entirely different nature. With
over 14 years of experience in the field of art Madanayake claims he is the
first individual to introduce this art to the country in 1994.
though this art requires a great amount of patience and time, to Madanayake
this is the passion and love of his life. "When drawing with a
ballpoint pen you cannot afford to make a mistake. Unlike in the case of a
painting, when drawing lines it is difficult to correct a mistake without
spoiling the picture" Madanayake said.
the past Madanayake's paintings were of scenaries and wildlife. However this
year's exhibition Ballpoint Paintings 2003 will have a number of paintings
of human figures, village life and the environment.
my past exhibitions there were many viewers who asked me why I don't include
human figures in my creations. Therefore I thought this year I will
introduce a new style to my paintings" Madanayake said.
also studies ancient photos taken of historical places and then reproduces
them in the form of a ballpoint painting. One such photo thus reproduced is
that of the Galle town taken over 300 years ago.
to Madanayake practice and experience is needed to master the art of
ballpoint drawing. "However this art is now gradually spreading to
schools and people in the country are slowly showing an interest towards
this new form of drawing" Madanayake said.
won a national award for the creation of ballpoint painting, Madanayake
feels there is a growing demand for this art. "I have interested buyers
from USA, France, UK, Korea and Sri Lanka. Most of these buyers tell me they
have not seen such art anywhere else in the world" Madanayake said.
to Madanayake there will be around 40 paintings at Ballpoint Paintings 2003
to be held from June 30 to July 5 at the Laksala outlet in Fort.
Joseph's College, Colombo 10 outperformed three schools to take home the
Bard'sGold at the Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition. This came in
consequence to the previous 11 schools they outshined at the semi-finals.
at the finals was stiff with worthy opponents - Royal, Nalanda and St.
Peter's taking the stage with them. But St. Joseph's excerpt from Julius
Caesar (Act Iv Scene III) fast put them in the spotlight.
performance was enhanced by the efforts put into recreating the right
atmosphere for the drama. Elegant period costumes, imaginative props, stage
direction and of course sound and lighting, all combined to give the Joes
Ponweera's performance as Brutus was indeed exceptional and proved to be the
judges' favourite. He won the most prestigious award of the night, the 'Best
more feathers to the Josephian cap, Leon Arendz also won the 'Best
Supporting Actor' award for his role in the play as Cassius.
and credit should also extend to every other participant who undertook their
part with great responsibility.
triumphant victory depicts the leading role St. Joseph's College has taken
in the inter-school drama scene over the years.
of St. Joseph's College, Rev. Fr. Victor Silva, conveys his appreciation to
the direction given by Old Joe Jehan Aloysius. His creativity no doubt
proved his talent in the field of drama.
by the Rotary Club of Colombo and the Central YMCA and held at the BMICH,
the growing popularity of this annual inter-school drama competition was
evident in the number of schools vying for the trophy and the number of
people who turned up to enjoy a night of classical drama.
honours two artistes
eminent Sri Lankan personalities in the field of arts - Dr. Lester James
Peries and Pandit W.D. Amaradewa - were honoured by Eagle Insurance Company
recently. They were presented with the 'Eagle Award Of Excellence' at a
glittering ceremony held during the annual Eagle Sales Convention at Hotel
the award, Dr. Peries said that he was grateful to Eagle Insurance for
recognising his contribution to Sri Lankan cinema and would treasure the
award. Touching on the theme of the Eagle Convention 'Prosperity Through
Excellence,' he said that in cinema, excellence should be evaluated as
artistic, serious, intelligent and something that will steal one's mind and
heart. "But unfortunately in Sri Lanka, the opposite seems to be
happening. Sinhala films which carry funny titles reap all the rewards.
Excellence is evaluated at the box office. In my 50 years of working in the
cinema, I have found the more excellent the work is, the less prosperous you
become," he said.
in a word of advice, Dr. Peries said that every person in every walk of life
must pursue the ideal of excellence. "Whatever you do, the ideal of
excellence must be there to be pursued. Excellence is something spiritual
and metaphysical and cannot be evaluated by anything else. It is a moral
philosophy," he said.
Amaradewa confessed that his best creative effort is yet to come. "It
has not happened yet. It will be born on a future date," he said.
Quoting from the Dhammapada, he pointed out that if one speaks or acts with
a pure mind, happiness would follow as one's shadow that never leaves.
the two award winners, Eagle's General Manager (personal lines) Deepal
Sooriyachchi said that the presentation of these awards was yet another
demonstration of Eagle's commitment to excellence. "We want to
felicitate personalities who have always been committed and dedicated to
excellence and professionalism, those from whom we can learn and be
inspired," he said. After the citations were read, the awards were
presented by Managing Director, Chandra Jayaratne.
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