I am, reviewing yet another
`work of war.' That is the
only way to see the pieces of literature inspired by the ghastly
bloodshed and turmoil that has haunted and devastated so many in an
isle that nature has so generously marked with her awesome brushes
time it is a series of freezingly real extracts from the diary of an
obviously unbiased, sensitive, humane journalist.
Seneviratne is no stranger to the literary scene. Her stories and
essays have been published in Sri Lanka, UK, Canada, Singapore,
Germany and Australia. The work focuses strongly on issues of social
injustice, human rights and women's and children's rights. She has
won many awards for her work and is a recipient of Hellmen-Hemmet
Grant 1995, the prestigious award for Human Rights Watch Free
Expression Project, for her work and writings on humanitarian and
Of The End Time - the work in question - is a compilation of
extracts from the writer's diary. Maureen was able to receive a
clear and firsthand account of the different stages of this bloody
saga: her son being in the army and able to get her passes to places
other journalists were barred from.
the colossal, heartless, brutal tragedy is brought to life once
again. A combination of factual and personal experience that leaves
the reader in shreds. Particularly the Sri Lankan reader.
phone rings. It is K - my other son. The mushroom cloud of doom has
dissipated itself over a wider and wider area and it is raining
black rain in his neighborhood, a suburb of Colombo rather close to
the Kolonnawa blaze. What a tragedy of unspeakable proportions? What
a monumental farce - not the smoke and black rain but our leaders,
pathetic in their nakedness and their bankruptcy... with their
unmitigated folly, bringing a whole people to our knees.
there is the other side. Equally forcefully portrayed.
filter in of their pitiful plight, of the small bags clutched in
their hands, the desperate looks on their faces - those people of
the north - as they flee from battling men, from bombs and shells.
Is their any cause, any objective, any goal or target worth even one
human tear shed, one sigh breathed from despairing people, flying
for their lives - only to lose them when caught in the crossfire?
then - and this was a first time for me - Maureen's own earlier
account of 83' makes one wonder if indeed there is?
that as it may, here is a work that takes a deeply private, yet
colossally valid look at events. A work that proves, yet again,
beyond all doubt, that there are only losers in any war.
started his career as a journalist,
his desire was to be a scriptwriter.
he is no longer a journalist or a scriptwriter. Today, he has no
doubt achieved success when he directed his maiden teledrama Kedella
Na Unusum - a story that revolves around society's most noble unit -
Ranasinghe is the versatile director who depicts how self-seeking
strangers who merely try to gain their own ends split family union.
The drama is tragic - hence interesting. At the very beginning we
meet the loving couple Dulika and Sahan who lead a peaceful family
life. However, troubles start when Dulika became suspicious of her
husband who makes it a habit to give his secretary a lift everyday
from office. This leads to a misunderstanding between the husband
and wife and Dulika leaves Sahan. At this point we are introduced to
the character of Naveen whom Sahan thought was his savior -
ironically the real evil.
would have been better if Naveen did not interfere in the problems
between Sahan and Dulika. But what is worse is Sahan started an
affair with Dulika.
amidst all these disputes, interferences and affaires come gradual
self-realisation for Dulika and therefore she is compelled to go
before her husband to make an apology. Up to now it was a series of
incidents. But more incidents are on the way ...
Titus Ranasinghe said: "It took one and half months for me to
direct this drama. But what is significant is the fact that I got
the opportunity to telecast this teledarma within two months, which
I believe is a rare opportunity."
watch teledramas for relaxation. Therefore I based my drama on
family life as I thought horror and murder are not what is
appropriate for relaxation," said Titus. "I believe in
giving priority to the character of the woman who plays a dominant
role in society, first as a daughter then as a wife and finally as a
mother. This drama highlights an instance where a female character
becomes a victim when she fails to perform her duties as a wife. So
the viewers begin to feel a sense of belonging - they begin to
wonder what if their daughters, sisters or wives are made to go
through this plight. That is the reason for me to base this drama on
the theme of family life," he stressed.
at the same time pays his sincere gratitude to Assistant Director,
Joseph Jerome Perera, Cameraman Gamini Chaminda and H. D.
Premarathne for the immense help and assistance given by them when
directing this drama adding that Tyronne Peries "made who I am
today." He also recalls his rendezvous with S. Kanapathipillai
of Orient Films whom he says is "the best producer" he has
ever met at the time Titus was working as a production manager.
maiden film Kadella Na Unusum, he says, has inspired him a lot to an
extent where he thinks he can do better in the future.
Indrajith Navinne, Nisansala Jayathunga, Pradeep Senanayake,
Buddhika Jayarathne, Nimal Sumanasekera and Sriyani Mahawatte,
Kadella Na Unusum will be screened in October.
stitches over Potta Harry!
Dharmasena's Potta Harry, inspired by
the world famous Harry Potter, went on
boards at the Lionel Wendt last week, being featured for the second
time, with several new members in the cast.
the idea of sitting through Potta Harry for the second time around
did not seem that great, faith in Indu's unique sense of humour
prevailed and the previews stating that this time around things
would be different, added to the fact that Krys Sosa would be
singing, were reasons for being there anyway.
with the previous showing, this was not one of Indu's better plays -
on hindsight, while this one was not as great as Indu's other plays,
it seems that a variety of technical and personal problems made the
first showing look bad.
freezing at the Wendt all over again for the same play was worth it.
Thankfully, Indu was right about this showing of Potta Harry being
different, with the missing 'mace' (Arty Culture's sock) being a
great touch, and Indu's brand of comedy keeping the audience in
stitches - especially Koluu, who could not stop bursting out in
Indu's style of updating the play continually to reflect events in
the country, even the queuing up for petrol did not escape.
'amateurs' and the rest of the cast acted the roles assigned to them
and made this time's Potta Harry a whole lot more entertaining than
the last. Also, the lights and effects worked and the play went on
without a hitch or long pauses where people played for time, having
forgotten their lines.
Peel (Katrina Gunasekara), Blue Sky (Gehan Cooray, who is always
entertaining, with his role of step brother in Cinderfella being a
favourite by far), Princess Purple (Nelum Goonetilleke), Brown Sugar
(Dayan Dias Abeyegunawardene, who looks great in his Tarzan outfit
which he wore for one of Indu's previous plays) and the narrator
(the excellent George Cook) did a great job.
Culture (Thulitha Piyasena) was a scream and his hysterics had the
audience laughing all the way. The Princess Security Division (PSD)
and the Joint Vindictive Panthers (JVP) were entertaining as well.
singing was great but the choice of song, unfortunately, was totally
wrong for the mood of the play and did not flow with the events that
took place on stage.
best part of it all was Rohan's Turn Me On dance, which had the
audience cheering him on non-stop, as usual.
what happened to the Sorcerer's Balls, they remain where they were,
maybe we'll know the rest of it next time. As for now, let's be
satisfied with Indu's offering of Arpico rubber balls.
method is to teach children to appreciate and enjoy different types
in life. To Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu, teaching music has become
an enjoyment rather than a strenuous subject.
doesn't matter why you want to learn music. But if you are a person
interested in learning the subject you should pursue it. For music
is a subject that will always be a part of your life," says
first music teacher was Irene Hunter. In 1984 Sahabandu attended the
Pestonjee Studio to learn music under well known music teacher Mary
Billimoria and later under Christine Perera.
received her licentiate from the Royal School of Music UK and Fellow
of the Trinity College London in piano and singing and is a member
of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka.
present Sahabandu has 80 students learning music at her home. With
20 years of experience behind her, Sahabandu is now in the process
of organising a musical concert 'Some Enchanted Evening.'
to Sahabandu, at 'Some Enchanted Evening' the audience will be
treated to a wide variety of classical, semi classical, broadway and
popular music. A well loved selection of songs from broadway such as
Oliver, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, a selection of Disney songs and
an arrangement of Blue Bayou and Unchained Melody will also be
and lighting will be handled by Indu Dharmasena, while the music
accompaniment is provided by an ensemble with Thushani Jayawardana
and Ajith Kodikara playing the violin, Sureka Amerasinghe and
Dilrukshi Wiratunge on flute, Prajapa de Silva on Cello, Maxie
Pietersz on double bass, Shem Darius on drums and Sahabandu and
Dilan Angunawela on piano.
to Sahabandu, a guest performance by the Philharmonic Players, a
popular string orchestra is scheduled to take place at 'Some
Enchanted Evening.' This
concert is for a very wide audience and the proceeds will go to the
Roshan Wijesooriya Memorial Fund to be used towards building an
extension to the Paediatric Ward of the Cancer Hospital in
Maharagama," said Sahabandu.
for 'Some Enchanted Evening' are available at the Lionel Wendt,
while the concert will be held on September 4 and 5 at the Lionel
Wendt Theatre at 7 p.m.
Drama Society of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia will be staging
Into The Wilderness - a play depicting the darker side of life at
the Lionel Wendt on September 17-19.
with a purpose" seems to be the idea behind the Dram Society
productions especially during the last two performances of Christmas
Perpetua and Piano And Drums. So it is with the currant production
of Into The Wilderness. The production takes the from of three
angles to life. Three issues which are prevalent in society today
and the production is divided in to three sections which are
connected with Louise Mac Niece's poem Prayer Before Birth. The
total running time of the performance is 90 minutes.
first section of the play deals with a compelling issue of autism
and violation of a girl's innocence, a sister-brother relationship
and an outsider together with a journalist friend who try to resolve
the issue 'of loneliness and homelessness which happens right at our
doorstep. Chaminda Samaraweera plays the role of the autistic
brother who although 50 years acts extremely childish and shows
compassion towards the girl whom he meets at his place? Has he any
other motive? Do people misjudge him? The answer is in the
middle section is yet another issue, which we see right in front of
our eyes today. The unit of the family is being broken due to
outside interference. Johnny Christie, Janith Rodrigo and Chaminda
Samaraweera battle out a conflict, which results in a conflict which
even life itself, might not offer. The moral of leaving ones family
for another alternative is it moral? Yet again the answer is in the
final stage in the play is about six men awaiting the death
sentence. Yet one of them has the power to save them the gallows.
Yet save them at what cost? And do they have to change their morals
to be saved? The final stage of the play sees you through the
is a whole new experience for all of you who witness this novel
production. It is not just seeing the play but seeing something in
it which makes you think as well and relating it to your own self.
production is designed and directed by Vinodh Senadeera. Box plan
and tickets are available at the theatre and college office.