Mama Venama Malak to take centre stage
Some are fortunate to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths
while others have to earn fortune and fame through skills and hard work.
Yet, only a handful of the truly talented individuals are given the
opportunity to excel in the field.
Nalaka Swarnathilake has an eye for creativity. The young director
began his stage venture with his maiden play Dangamalla Saha Amuthu
Iskole which introduced Natasha Perera to acting. It was based on Enid
Blyton's novel 'The Naughtiest Girl in the School' and won the best
drama award at the State Children's Drama Festival 2003.
The cast of Mama venama malak
Tasting success with his debut effort Nalaka developed the plot and
turned Dangamalla into a television series. He also directed a second
teledrama titled 'Anne' which was based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's 'Anne
of Green Gables'.
Taking a break from children's projects he turned another leaf in his
career when he took to directing 'Jeevithe Lassanai', an educational
program which deals with matters of daily life.
The program was an instant success. Now he had returned to home
ground to stage his second play, Mama Venama Malak.
"When it comes to Sri Lankan children's culture, there is a
tremendous shortfall in creations for children. My attempt is to fill
this void. I have only directed one stage play but people still discuss
Dangamalla Saha Amuthu Iskole with me. I realised then that if one is
dedicated to a task and puts best efforts to one's work, the production
will leave a timeless impact in the viewers," Nalaka opined.
There are only a few creations which cater to family entertainment.
Some productions are limited to keeping children entertained while other
programs cater to adult tastes.
Only a handful of events keep children and adults engaged while
leaving a message for them to reflect on.
These are the features that Nalaka had focused in this play.
"The story has a family orientation. It is not based on another's
work. I have penned the tale by reflecting on some episodes which I have
encountered in life," he explained.
Mama Venama Malak is an exploration of one's hidden potentialities.
These skills make us different from one another and form our
personality. People might resemble each other but they are different in
personality. It is similar to the fact that each type of flower
possesses its own beauty and fragrance.
Therefore, it will be a better sight to see different types of
flowers blooming in your garden rather than ones of the same kind.
Eleven girls from some of the leading schools in Colombo will portray
the key roles in 'Mama Venama Malak'. The lead role be played by St.
Paul's, Milagiriya's student Thisuri Lavanya Heenthilake. She said that
she had acted in several schools dramas in the past. This includes the
lead role of Oliver in the school's English drama 'Oliver Twist' by
The other students who will participate in the play are Chaturni
Indrachapa and Nuwanthika Kaushalya St. Pauls Girls School, Nipuni
Narmada, Tehara Kannangara and Amaya Senaratna of Devi Balika Vidyalaya,
Niromi Nawanjali, Chalani Himansha and Pramodi Atigala of Sirimavo
Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya, Sanduni Edirimanna and Ithara Silva of
Visakha Vidyalaya. Akila Dayaratne of Royal College will be portraying
the role of Thisuri's brother while Kusum Renu takes on the adult lead.
Music is by Nuwan Vithanage while lyrics are by Amitha Rabbidigala
and Nuwan Katugampola.
Harshika Rathnayaka is the choreographer, Banu Prasanna the make up
artist and Ranga Samarakoon is in charge of the lighting.
The team is engaged in rehearsals and the play will be staged on June
5 at Tower Hall theatre.
Pic: Rukmal Gamage