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Sunday, 4 July 2010





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Scenes from the three plays

'Sinhabahu', 'Madhura Jawanika' and 'Debiddo' at the Lionel Wendt

Prof. Ediriwira Sarachchandra's 'Sinhabahu', Dayananda Gunawardena's 'Madhura Jawanika' and Prasanna Vithanage's new production 'Debiddo' will be staged at the Lionel Wendt Theatre from July 9 - 11 at 3.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. on each day.


Henry Jayasena

Henry Jayasena memorial drama festival at Lumbini

A memorial drama festival will be held to mark the 79th birth anniversary of Henry Jayasena at the Lumbini Theatre, Havelock Town Colombo from July 6 - 8. "Thavath Udesanak", a play written and produced in 1964, will be one among the three festival plays that are scheduled to be staged.

The festival will commerce with the staging of the new production of "Thavath Udesanak" on July 6 which is the birthday of Henry Jayasena. Two of his other plays "Kuweni" and "Hunuwataye Kathawa" will be staged on July 7 and 8 with one performance each day at 6.30 p.m.

'Deegeka Avith' and 'Kandoskiriyawa'

A Scene from ‘Deegeka Avith’

Namel Weeramuni's superbly witty productions of Deegeka Avith and Kandoskiriyawa will be staged at Gampaha Bandaranayake Hall on 10 July at 2.30 and 6.30 p.m. Deegeka Avith is a clever adaptation by Namel Weeramuni of Anton Chekov's "The Proposal" and Kandoskiriyawa an original by somapala Gunadheera. The former had been a text for a long time to show as to what a brilliant play script it is that had been written by a playwright in the world which brought him fame and tremendously enriching money at a time Chekov's father had gone bankrupt and poor, whilst the latter is an election booth satire of the yester years. Both comedies are hilarious and the audiences burst into nonstop laughter. Both these plays will also go on the boards at Punchi Theatre again at 2.30 and 6.30 p.m on July and in Gampola on 22 August at 2.30 and 6.30 p.m respectively.

A scene from the play

"Balloth Ekka Be" at Minuwangoda

Two special shows of the hilarious comedy "Balloth Ekka Be", written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna will be staged at the Minuwangoda Nalanda Boys' School Theatre today at 3.30 and 6.45 p.m..

The cast include Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Kumara Thirimadura and Luvolin Vandervol.

Course in cinema

National Film Corporation will re-commence a course of study in Cinema. The courses were conducted by the Cultural Bureau of the NFC. A media conference to introduce courses and to issue applications will be held on July 6 at the National Film Corporation.

The dance troupe and its directress Vasugi Jegatheeswaran are seen in the picture.

Natya Kala Mandhir students perform in Tamil Nadu

The students of the Natya Kala Madhir recently performed the various forms of Sri Lankan dances in the Baratha Natya Style at the World Tamil Literary Conference held in Coinbatore, Tamil Nadu.

The dance recital with the participation of 15 Baratha Natya artistes, and their accompaniments was staged for the appreciation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanithi and the Tamil scholars at Coimbatore.

The renowned Lankan Tamil Prof. Karthigeru Sivathamby provided the consultation for the creation of the dance form.

Directress of the Natyakala Mandhir Kalasoori Vasugi Jegatheeswaran Choreographed the performance.

Book Launch

'Lifting the veil of Consciousness', a book by by Laurel Botsford will be held at on the the 6th of July, at 5.00 p.m at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre in Borella.


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