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Sudath Rohana: Shedding light on darkness

Well-known teledrama director Sudath Rohana's maiden film - Sudu Kaluwara (White Darkness) which focuses on the changes that took place in society with the onset of imperialism will be screened shortly. Based on the much talked about novel - Ulugedara Arachchila by N.T. Karunatilake - the film unravels the experiences faced by villagers amidst numerous social forces that invade the traditional villages through the introduction of the estate system.

"It is about the social tragedy faced by villagers and the pressure put on them," Sudath says. The film goes on to describe how our traditional social values were crushed under the power of rupees and cents with the invasion of the market economy. " It also shows how morals and ethics that we inherited and had been cherished for many years faced a crisis in this newly oriented society," Sudath adds.

Sudath attributes this pathetic change to the sub-culture created through the estate system. Workers are brought from outside to work in these estates. "I have taken efforts to portray the exploitation of their labour." Although this is Sudath's first feature film, he is not a stranger to celluloid. He has completed two short films for the Film Corporation. He has so far directed 18 teledramas.

The film has been produced with the assistance of the Film Development Fund of the National Film Corporation. It was shot in 40 days in Nikaweratiya, Anuradhapura, Yala and Colombo.

The film has already been sent to a number of film festivals including those in Japan and Belgium. The movie stars Jayalath Manoratne, Sanath Gunathilake, Indrajith Nawinna, W. Jayasiri, Buddhadasa Vithanarachchi, Palitha Silva, Jayani Senanayake, Somalatha Subasinghe, Hemasiri Liyanage, Sandeepa Sewmani and Ratna Lalani Jayakody.

Nithiyashree Mahadevan to perform here

by Sarath Malalasekera

The Lions Club of Dehiwela North has organised a fund raising programme for the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association (SLANA) with a music concert by Shrimathi Nithiyashree Mahadevan, a grand daughter of D.K. Pattammal of "Jeans" film fame, India.

Shrimathi Nithiyashree is a leading artist in India and has earned fame as a background film musician as well. She has been awarded titles for her musical performances at home and abroad.

Shrimathi Nithiyashree Mahadevan hails from a family of classical musicians. Her paternal grandmother is the great musician 'Padma Vipushan' "Gana Sarawathy" Shrimathi D.K. Pattammal and maternal grandfather is the famous maestro Pallakadu Mani. Her father I. Sivakumar is a Miruthangam artist and mother Shrimathi Lalitha Sivakumar is a musician and composer of classical songs.

This concert will be held at the New Kathiresan Hall, Bambalapitiya at 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

With her exemplary rapport with the audience, Nithyashree has captured the hearts of her musical fans through her classical music concert and film music. Nithyashree has won several prestigious awards in India, including Papanasam Sivan Dhambura award, Best Pallavi Music reciter award, National Unity Centre award, Natha Bhooshanam award, Kannadasan award, Kalaignar award and Sangeetha Siha Mani award.

She had rendered musical performances in Sri Lanka, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States, Europe, Canada and distinguished herself as an ambassador for music.

The Lions Club of Dehiwela North invites all musical lovers and well wishers to make this concert a successful event by extending their wholehearted support so that the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association (SLANA) could intensify its activities to combat the narcotics menace.

"Success of our activities is in your hands," said Project Chairman Lion S. Ramachnadran.

Maruk Mal to bloom on TV soon

"Maruk Mal" the third Sinhala teledrama series directed by well-known artist Susil Gunarathne will be telecast over Rupavahini soon.

The cast comprises Cyril Wickremage, Dilani Abeywardena, Susil Gunaratne, Badra Nandani Gunaratne, Manel Wanaguru, Gamini Jayalath, Gayana Sudarshani, Vishaka Siriwardena, Saman Pushpawarna and Anura Waragoda.

Music has been composed by Nawarathne Gamage. Singers Nanda Malini and Janaka Wickremasinghe have also contributed. The tele series is produced by Badra Nandani Gunaratne.


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