Satara Denek Senpathio:
Wisdom travels from past to present
GUEST APPEARANCE: Jackson Anthony
TRANSFORMATION: Sriyantha Mendis
DIVERSE ROLE: Yasodha Wimaladharma
DIRECTORâS DEDICATION: A few words of advice from Jayantha
ANCIENT PAST: A scene from the shooting at Galewala
TELEDRAMA: A storyline based on 360 BC with four vibrant characters.
A journey through the karmic cycle to the modern era. A conquest to
break away from evil and corruption and a quest to bring back ancient
wisdom and science... These is the process of events in store for
viewers of Jayantha Chandrasiriâs newest teledrama set to hit on the
small screen in September.
Comprising 25 episodes Satara Denek Senpathiyo highlights the wisdom
behind the traditional Sinhala customs and values, mainly traditional,
indigenous medicine. The viewers are taken back to the past, running
parallel to the present, to the time of King Buddhadasa, the great king
renowned for his healing touch through native medicine.
âBuddhadasaâs paradoxical role as king and healer inspired me. When
you are a healer you are obligated to treat the poorest of the poor to
the wealthiest of men, whereas when you are the king, you are expected
to keep your distance from the common folk and rule from afar,â
Chandrasiri explained adding that the protagonist is a doctor who treats
patients at a hospital which had facilities to treat people from 10
Sriyantha Mendis takes on the role of the doctor while Yasodha
Wimaladharma plays the role of his wife.
The other main characters are played by Roshan Pilapitiya and
Mahendra Perera. Jackson Anthony puts up a guest appearance. Nuwan
Jayatillake produces the teledrama and Ruwan Costa is the cameraman. The
shooting took place in Galewala, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Nuwera Eliya,
Kegalle, Colombo and its suburbs.
One speciality linked to this teledrama is its use of a variety of
camera and lighting techniques. The reason for this is to differentiate
the scenes related to 360 BC from the present. A lot of research by the
director helped to showcase the backdrop and facts in a realistic
âI have to undergo a complete transformation for this role. I have to
become bald,â Sriyantha said with a smile. âI believe that such
sacrifices should be made by an artist. The essence of this teledrama is
that we take on a well researched issue. It is important to teach the
society to embrace what is our own.â
Popular actress, Yasodha will be taking on a role which is a complete
turn over from those she had portrayed so far.
âI play the role of a prostitute in the storyline related to the
present. This is a daring and challenging role for me, the best I have
been offered in my 22-years in the field,â she said.
In a period where there is a worldwide search for curing illnesses
without the use of drugs our ancestors have been practising methods of
healing without drugs. It is time to awaken that past wisdom and bring
back the science of that era. This is the issue behind Satara Denek
Pictures by Palitha Gunasena
Somarathna returns with Siri Raja
CREATORS BEHIND SIRI RAJA: Somarathna and Renuka
CINEMA: International award winning film director, Somarathna
Dissanayaka is getting ready to shoot his new film Siri Raja. This film
is produced by award winning film producer Renuka Balasooriya. This film
- catering to schoolchildren - is based on a young lad who faced
economic and social problems after getting a scholarship from a rural
school to one in Colombo.
Dissanayaka had to select 35 talented children from 2000 applicants
from several districts in Sri Lanka. The kids had to face three
interviews and he held a workshop to train them for this film.
Balasooriya expects to commence and finish the shooting during the
school holidays in August. Siri Raja is directed and written by
Somarathna Dissanayaka. Music is by Rohana Weerasinghe.
Jayalath Manorathna will take one of the lead roles.
Srimath lines up with Max
NEW DIRECTION: Well-known radio and television personality, Srimath
Indrajith Liyanage, is busy with a series of programmes on Max TV and
Max Radio. Srimath hosts the morning Suba Udesanak segment from 8 a.m.
to 11.30 a.m. from Monday to Friday on Max TV in addition to other
programmes like Galbore and Piyum Neela Wila on Max Radio.
Having worked in a number of television channels, Srimath has made a
name for himself as a journalist, artist, actor, singer and dubbing
Srimath had acted in Rajya Sevaya Pinisai, Le Kiri Kandulu, Sonduru
Dadabima, Piyambanna Asai, Asal Wesiyo, Panchayudha and Senehebara
Dolly. He expressed his gratitude to the Max management for having
confidence in him.
Tharindu paves his way through âCandlelightâ
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom - Robert Frost
LAUNCH: Upcoming young poet, Tharindu Weerasinghe, will be launching his
first book of poetry titled âCandlelightâ at the E.O.E Pereira Theatre,
Faculty of Engineering at the University of Peradeniya. Professor
Sunanda Mahendra will be the chief guest and key note speaker.
Professor Aruna Wickramasinghe, the deputy vice chancellor of the
faculty and professor Sarath Abaykoon, the dean of the faculty, will
also be present. Songs composed by Tharindu will be presented by the
students of the university.
âCandlelightâ is made up of 50 English poems composed by Tharindu.
His creative scope derived from aspects such as nature, humanism, love,
behaviour, religious susceptibilities, beauty and social injustice.
âI dreamt of piecing this collection of poetry together for some time
ever since I began writing after my school days. I am pleased that it
became a reality. These poems are written within five years.
Composing poems is not an easy matter as it takes a great amount of
dedication, experience, thinking and sacrifice to come up with a good
I am still mastering the art but I believe that âCandlelightâ will be
a milestone in my journey,â Tharindu commented adding that he will be
presenting the first copy of the book to his parents.