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Dayananda's Gajaman Puwatha to go on boards again
« on: October 12, 2006, 06:07:36 PM »
DRAMA: The drama "Gajaman Puwatha", first stage at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on October 14, 1975 will be revived and go on boards again at the Lumbini Theatre, Colombo on October 13, 2006 at 6.45 p.m.

There will be a repeat performance at 3.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. on October 21st (Saturday) at Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10.

The main objective of this exercise in recreating this drama is to revive the enthusiasm once again in self-styled drama among the youth of this country.

"Gajaman Puwatha" was the first theatre production in Sri Lanka to adopt the docu drama style.

"An artiste in reproducing a historical event attempts to project a relevant contemporary value he observes in such an event. Accordingly, what is the significance of the Gajaman Puwatha?

I observed the characters and incidents in "Gajaman Puwatha" relative to the social problems we face today.

Once I was deeply impressed by the relief enjoyed by a cinema actress after a discussion I had with her on the misconceptions of the artistes prevailing among the public.

The opinion that performing artistes are a group of social outcasts is not limited to this country or the present era. I felt Gajaman Nona was a fitting model in portraying these facts.

Further, the numerous aspects of the life of Gajaman Nona provide useful insights in to the emotions of different artistes" ("Gajaman Puwatha", Dayananda Gunawardena - 1976)

"Gajaman Puwatha", the highly acclaimed production of the late Dayananda Gunawardena is presented by Nalu Keerthi Sabha theatre troupe. The sponsors for this venture are Chandralal Sooriyaarachchi and Bandu Liyanage.

The role of Gajaman Nona is played by Rathmalie Gunasekara while Nissanka Diddeniya acts as Elapatha Mudali. Support cast includes Rohana Beddage, Neil Alles, Jayalath Manorathna, Chandrasoma Binduhewa, Rodney Warnakula, Chandra Kaluaarachchi, Rathnasheela Perera, Nelum Kalubowila, Nilanthi Heendeniya, Tharanga Kumari, Kumara Liyanage, Indika Jayasinghe, Sujani Nisanka, Ferni Roshini, Dulanjani Weerakkody and Shalika.

The music and dance compositions are by Rohana Beddage.

Music is directed by Ranjith Balasuriya while stage management and props are by Ashoka Jayasinghe. Costumes are by Irangani Gunawardena. Makeup is by Gomes Hewa while Lighting is by Upali Rupasiri.

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