Derana Film Awards 2016:
for Ho Gaana Pokuna
Indika Ferdinando’s debut film Ho Gaana Pokuna (The Singing Pond) won both Best
Film and the Most Popular Film awards at the Derana Film Awards 2016 held at the
Nelum Pokuna, Colombo recently. In addition, the film also won the Best Music
Direction Award for musical score composed by Dinesh Subasinghe. Jayalath
Manoratne won the Best Actor in a Supportive Role for the film.
Ho Gaana Pokuna is one of the best Sri Lankan children's musical movies directed
by Indika Ferdinando. It received the Teacher's Choice Prize at the 31st Chicago
International Children's Film Festival, the Best Feature Film at the 38th Lucas
International Children's Festival and the City of Zlin Award at the 55th Zlín
Film Festival. The film had its world premiere at the Shanghai International
Film Festival and was designated as the official selection at the Hanoi
International Film Festival. It was also nominated for Michel Award in Film Fest
Hamburg, Germany 2016.
A new teacher, Uma (Anasuya Subasinghe), arrives at a school for her first
appointment in a remote village near Dambulla in Sri Lanka. The school has few
students, with only the principal (Lucien Bulathsinhala) and Uma as the teacher.
With the help of Uma the pupils gradually start to dream of bigger things than
they ever imagined.
One day Upuli, a blind girl, shares her unseen dream with school friends, Sukiri
and Ukkun. It gradually becomes the dream throughout the village. The children
and Uma encounter perils in their venture to realise this dream. The children of
the school start to focus on something they have never seen before. This target
gives rise to a small revolution.
The film's score and songs were composed and conducted by Dinesh Subasinghe.
Vocals for the theme song, Rata Pena Kiri Haawa, were provided by Thrishala
Wijethunga with background vocals by Dewmini Fernando, Dinith Ridhmika, Banuka
Senivirathna and Nizami Naizara. The movie was produced by Kusumsiri
Liyanarachi, Yashodara Sarachchandra, Dayananda Liyanarachi, Shyama Athukorala,
Bimal Fernando, Nirosha Fernando and Geetha Muthumala. Principal photography was
undertaken by Channa Deshapriya and editing was by Tissa Surendra.
The main roles were portrayed by Lucien Bulathsinhala, Jayalath Manoratne,
Anasuya Subasinghe, Dayadewa Edirisinghe, Jayani Senanayake, Hyacinth Wijeratne,
Senate Dikkumbura, Geetha Kanthi Jayakody, Ama Wijesekera and Jagath Chamila.
This film can be enjoyed by both children and adults.