Comeback for Gotaimbara Kolama
Gotaimbara Kolama a novel theatrical experience written and directed
by young playwright Dennis Perera will be presented again as an open air
performance at 'Ape Gama' Battaramulla (Jana kala Kendraya) at 7 pm on
story line of Gotaimbara Kolama which takes the influence of Kolam and
Shanthi Karma (ritualistic dance for curing illnesses and offering
blessings) is acted out by the nayaka thuma (leader) similar to a
consistent character appearing in old 'kolam' dramas and the theme is a
traditional ritual for the advancement and well being of the country.
Gotaimbara Kolama is an attempt to develop a new dramatic form and
language for Sri Lanka. The play identifies with the ultra-complex life
of an average Sri Lankan, whose mental universe consists of devils,
goblins and demons, and whose political fate is governed by planetary
movements. The playwright and director, Dennis Perera thinks it cannot
be interpreted by a form of art in current theatre plays, which is
deprived in contrast, to the richness of life of an average Sri Lankan,
and lacks dramatic values. Therefore, to address the demands of the
extensive mindset of a modern theatregoer, a performance with
communication that goes beyond verbal intelligence, understanding art in
the Sri Lankan context, not purely mundane, and an act which can be
naturally appreciated and savoured by Lankans is desired.
Gotaimbara Kolama, a political comedy containing diverse meanings at
different tiers is written and directed by Dennis Perera, a young film
maker and a director. It's a play produced by the Hippie Tribe Theater
Group and presented by November Production. The cast includes, Amila
Sandaruwan, Dhanuska Dias, Nilanka Dahanayeke, Nino Jayakodi, Dilum
Buddhika, Pradeep Ramawickrama, Chaminda Dissanayeke, Pramod Edirisinghe
and Shalitha Dissanayake.
The play is enriched with: choreography by Sankha Jayalath, lighting
by Dr. Chandana Aluthge, and costume designs by Thisara Imbulana.
Sunethra Bandaranaike Foundation are the sponsors,while production
manager is Anuradha Kodagoda, publicity, Chandana Prasanna and the
background design by Milindu Randika and Chathura Dissanayeke.
Three dramas make a return
Gunawardena's 'Bak Maha Akunu', a drama which made a significant impact
on the history of Sinhala theatre will go on boards after a lapse of
over 40 years at the Dayananda Gunawardena Commemoration Festival to be
held later this month. The operetta will come alive on June 26, 2016 at
3.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.
Gunawardena's much loved 'Naribena and Jasaya saha Lenchina', and 'Madhura
Javanika' will be also be staged on June 24 and 25 respectively at this