Blood Wedding :
Incongruity between love and marriage
Colombo Theatre Festival for Young Audiences
The Sinhalese translation of Garcia Loca's 'Blood Wedding' was one of
the evocative dramas staged during the Colombo Youth Drama Festival. The
drama has been translated into Sinhala by Kaushalya Fernando and Nadee
The story is woven around a wedding between a young immature youth
and a girl who, as subsequently revealed, had been carrying on a
passionate love affair with a married man, Lianado.
The story reaches its climax when the would-be bride eloped with
Lianado on the wedding night, leading to a bloody knife-fight under the
moon-lit heaven. The fight claims the lives of several youth including
those of Lianado and the would-be bride-groom. The drama ends with a
tragic note,the bride uniting with bride-groom's mother to lead lonely
The Blood Wedding or 'Sandalaga Maranaya' is outstanding in terms of
the use of imagery and symbolism. One of the recurrent imagery in the
drama is a knives and cold death personified by a beggar woman.
"Even if I live for hundred years, I will speak about this (knife).
First your father who was fragrant as a carnation" he lived with me only
three years. Then your brother am I wrong.
How such small things like a knife or a pistol can destroy a strong
man as strong as a wild buffalo! ...I will not be silent. Time passes
on. Wretchedness sunk into my very bone marrow? says mother (brilliantly
portrayed by Kaushalya Fernando) to her son, would-be bride groom Manaa.
The life portrayed in the farming community is uncertain, faught with
Would-be bridegroom?s father as well as brother was killed in
knife-fights and it is suggested from the very beginning that the drama
would end in tragedy.
Ironically it is a knife which claims the lives of the would -be
bride groom and illicit lover of the bride.
In a way the knife is a potent image which sometimes uses as a
metaphor for love that penetrates into the bone marrow.
Underneath the story lies the incongruity of marriage in a
traditional context in which marriage is very often a forced union of
mismatching couples. Here the issue is infidelity on the part of the
bride who has a lover while betrothed to an innocent young man.
Conflict of interest intensifies as the guests enjoy the feast. On
the very wedding night, the internal struggle between emotions and
reason ends with emotion as the winner leading to a score of deaths in
the moon-lit night.
One of the important features of the drama and even the series of
productions at the festival was the high degree of dedication on the
part of the cast which contributed to the overall success of the
In the 'Blood Wedding' the Sri Lankan audience had rare opportunity
of watching a matured portrayal of mother's character by Kaushalya
Her acting was so natural that dialogues came out effortlessly
allowing the director to derive maximum out of that character.
A mother is a pivotal character connecting the past and the present.
Other characters which have been exceptionally portrayed were Lionardo
and Bride whilethe rest of the cast also performed well making 'Blood
Wedding' a memorable theatrical experience.
India-Sri Lanka Goodwill Orchestra Concert in Tokyo
The Asia Orchestra Week, a festival of the foremost symphony
orchestras of the Asia-Pacific region, celebrates its 6th season this
year. Three orchestras from four countries have been invited to perform
for the year 2007 as a part of the National Arts Festival sponsored by
the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.
Programs presented by these orchestras, which this year includes the
KBS Symphony Orchestra from Korea and the Kunming Symphony Orchestra
from China, combine the traditional classical repertoire with innovative
contemporary compositions that often reflect their own national folk
The India-Sri Lanka Goodwill Orchestra Concert on October 4 will be
held in honour of the India-Japan Friendship Year 2007 to commemorate
the 50th year of the cultural treaty.
The Orchestra is a combination of musicians from India, Sri Lanka and
Japan, who will perform for the first time as the India-Sri Lanka
Goodwill Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Yazaki, Hikotaro.
The Programme will be J. Brahms! Academic Festival Overture - Harsha
Piano - Concerto for Piano and Drums of Sri Lanka - Svarasanga
Britten: Simple Symphony
Tchaikovsky: Fantastic Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'
Svarasanga Vannama is a feast of sounds for Orchestra, Piano and
Local drums that alternates between improvisations at one time and folk
rhythms at another. Harsha Makalanda, the composer is the piano soloist
and he will be accompanied by Ravibandhu Vidyapathi on the Getaberaya
and Jananath Warakagoda on the Tammattama.
The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka is now in its 50th season and is
delighted to celebrate its golden anniversary with the Asia Orchestra
The Orchestra rehearsed under the baton of Ananda Dabare and Keiko
Kobayashi, the assistant conductor to Maesto Yazaki. Ms. Kobayashi flew
out to Colombo from Japan for three days of rehearsals before leaving
for Delhi, where she will rehearse with the Indian musicians.
The musicians from all three countries will assemble in Tokyo on
Monday for the first rehearsal as the India - Sri Lanka Goodwill
Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yazaki.
Harsha Makalanda (Pianist) is one of the foremost Sri Lankan artists
whose activities cover jazz, pops and music direction and film music. In
recognition of his work he was given the Bunka Prize by the Japanese
In 1999, he was invited to perform at the 3rd Osaka Festival. He has
also performed at the Sydney Opera House, ZDF in Germany, the Venice
Film Festival in Italy, Jazz Yatra in Mumbai amongst others.
Walas Pawula (Bear Family) at Gampaha
The latest children's theatre production Walas Pawula (Bear Family)
presented by the Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF)
or better known as Play House Kotte, the leading children's play
producer in Sri Lanka, will be staged on October at Yashodara Balika
Vidyalaya,Gampaha at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Based on the fairy tale 'The Three Bears and Golldilocks', the script
has been developed to suit the local audience by veteran children's
playwright and theatre director, Mrs. Somalatha Subasinghe who is also
the founder chief of 'Play House' Kotte. Walas Pawula is directed and
choreographed by Dr. Chandana Aluthge, an artiste of the new generation
groomed at the Play House Kotte.
Chandana, a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of
Colombo, has been one of the senior members of 'Play House Kotte'. 'Walas
Pawula' is the debut play directed by Chandana while he was the
choreographer, lighting designer, and artistic director in several plays
presented by the 'Play House' previously.
His skills in directing of stage lights and choreography has won many
national awards for him and the outcome of 'Walas Pawula' will exhibit
his choreographing, lighting and directing talents altogether.
Walas Pawula is a musical and the production style of the play has
been developed so as to give the whole family an aesthetic journey of
entertainment. Choreography, lighting, costumes, stage props, and music
of the play have been carefully crafted to convey the children a sense
of basic art forms and meaningful entertainment.
Walas Pawula cast comprises of Wishvajith Gunasekera, Sanjaya
Hettiarachchi, Chamila Peiris, Prasanna Mahagamage, Niranjala Manjaree,
Sharmain Gunaratne, Suresh Fernando, Mayura Kanchana, Nayomi Gunaratne,
Geetha Alahakoon, Chamila Priyanka, Dinuki de Silva, Pramudi Karunaratne,
Hiran Abeysekera, Ishara Wickramasena, and a number of new actors
trained at Play House Kotte.