Shades from within
One glance at the paintings is enough to keep you wondering and
trying to measure the depth of the messages hidden beneath the layers
and layers of paint which make up the abstract images emerging out of
her creations. Suddenly you note the snake and the Ganesh images
emerging from the folds of coats of paint.
Sri Lankan born artist Druvinka is one who pursues contemporary
refinement. By mixing diverse shades of greens, reds and blues on rice
paper she has brought a collection of paintings to provoke the eye of
Her latest collection of paintings will be on display at the Barefoot
Gallery from March 4 to 22.
The opening ceremony will take place on March 3 and this will be the
nineth occasion that she would exhibit her work with the gallery.
“My works display freedom through colour, form, line and symbols. I
basically live with my work,” expressed gifted artist who will display
16 paintings at her latest exhibition.
“I work on 35 to 40 paintings each year. I leave the canvas flat on
the floor and work on each painting. I use rice paper and a lot of paint
is absorbed into one painting as the colours soak in. It takes time for
the paint to dry up so I am able to work at about five creations at a
Druvinka is based high up in the Himalayas in India. Watercolours are
the basis of her creations along with religious elements. Connecting
with nature gives Druvinka the weight of experience and findings through
The yoni and the lingam play a place in her paintings along with
sketches of circles, buds idols, silhouettes and shadowy figures taking
These are forms suggestive of tantric symbols that elucidate the
complexities of the cosmology and the theme of university. After many
years of working with paint her latest addition is the portrait of
Ganesh in her newest collection of paintings.
A student of Shanthiniketan, India, she had mastered the tempera
technique used by the Moghul painters. This form of art employs oil to
be layered at the bottom of the painting while tempera is laid on top.
A chemical reaction is caused between the two layers and rich shades
of blacks, browns and greys surface through 25 to 30 coats of paint.
These works comprised her ‘Beneath Beyond’ series which she had
exhibited in her last exhibition in Sri Lanka in 2007. She has also
exhibited her work in many areas in India and also in the U.K.
Druvinka Picture by Ruwan de Silva
She says her choice of shades comes from within her according to her
mood. She mixes the bright shades with the blacks and browns to create a
shade which is easier on the eyes and a viewers is most likely to come
across many diverse shades of the same colour in her work.
The transparency in her work shimmers and creates a visual maze that
challenges the onlooker’s consciousness. It seduced and pulls one in the
vortex of multiple layers forcing compulsory participation.
Druvinka’s creations come from the heart but she also states that she
also has a vague sketch in her mind which she tries to bring on to the
paper. Layouts are definitely out of the picture as she believes that
the first drawing embodies the best in her.
“The snake intermingles and flows through the work. It has a
connection with Siva and I live up in the area named Siva’s valley so
maybe there is some sort of connection between those two aspects,” she
replied, stressing on the significance of the snake in her creations.
Asked whether each of her paintings have titles she stated that she
refrains from naming them because she doesn’t want to impose her ideas
upon the viewers.
“You will be refrained from thinking when you look at the work. You
might see a completely different aspect or image in the work. The
viewers are people with diverse ideas and lifestyles and it is
impossible for them to get into my shoes and look at the portrait and
see what I have witnessed. I want them to have their own story in
connection with the paintings,” Druvinka stressed.
Her time is divided between the two loves of her life: her two sons
and her paintings.
Dulitha Wijewantha’s ‘Secret of Ravana - Golden Era’:
Debut literary effort by schoolboy
When the year 2009 was named the year of ‘English and IT’, a young
writer came into the spotlight with an interesting work of science
fiction. A year 10 lad, Dulitha Wijewantha from Ananda College, Colombo,
launched his maiden literary work ‘Secret of Ravana - Golden Era’ at the
Colombo Public Library recently. As this science fiction refers to IT
and computer related high-tech society, Dulitha, believes that the best
period to bring his work had come within his reach.
‘Golden Era’ is the first in a series of seven volumes which he hopes
to publish in the future. Although the story emerges from King Ravana’s
legendary tale, the author had mingled his creativity with reality to
bring a captivating tale to the readers. He develops the story while
stirring curiosity in the reader’s mind so much so that you are lured to
keep on turning the pages.
Dulitha with his debut novel Picture by Saman Sri Wedage
Dulitha had been a voracious reader since his primary school days.
The Harry Potter series tops his list of favourites. His greatest
inspiration drew out of the ‘Code Lyoko’ cartoon series. He began
working on his first book, ‘Secret of Ravana’ as a cartoon script right
after reading ‘Code Lyoko’. Later he decided to turn it into a science
The multi-faceted youth also designed the cover of his own book and
worked on the typesetting. Except for a few spelling mistakes his free
flowing writing style, clip-art and font suited the theme.
The outlook and content of his maiden work is a bread and butter
combination. Obtaining knowledge in computer graphics through self study
was a remarkable achievement for this talented young man.
Even though Dulitha is getting set for his O/Ls next year, he never
let go of the time he spent for leisure activities. His passion for
music led him to take up the guitar and he never misses out on his music
classes and practice periods. His love for painting and art provided
food for thought.
Dulitha also takes an interest in the Japanese art style called
‘Manga’. As this form of art is not popular in Sri Lanka, Dulitha spends
hours on the Internet to learn more about the subject. Music and art
nurtured his power of thinking and brushed up his imaginative skills.
The secret of Dulitha’s triumph is this, which enabled his maiden novel
to surface into the literary scene.
Speaking on his debut creation Dulitha said: “I hope ‘Secret of
Ravana’ will be a new adventurous experience for young readers. I
believe that it will become popular among the present generation of
readership as well as with those in the future. As we are experiencing a
boom in the computer and IT sectors,
young people will find this kind of work interesting. I am quite
confident that these stories will catch their hearts”. “I have launched
a website too. I designed it by myself,” he noted with a sense of pride.
“People who want to know more about ‘Secret of Ravana’ can log into
www.secretofravana.com and all the information will be available at
Many people aided him on his journey to success
“My parents, brother and loku thaththa were with me. They advised and
guided me. My friends exchanged their ideas with me while encouraging me
to write. I can always count on them,” he added with a smile.
He is also grateful to the Principal and teachers of his Alma Mater.
Contemplating on his plans for the future Dulitha revealed that he
hasn’t given up his initial idea of publishing ‘Secret of Ravana’ as an
action comic series. He believes that it will gain popularity among
teenagers like the ‘Spiderman’ and ‘X-men’ comic series.
Since launching ‘Secret of Ravana’ Dulitha has received a positive
response from his readers. The book is available at leading bookstores
around the island. He is also considering publishing the series in
Sinhala after tasting his success with the English readership.
Although writing, music and arts are a part of Dulitha’s talents he
gives prominence to his school studies. He is however keen on continuing
his literary work as a hobby.
Getting together to lighten up Punchi Thirey
Dancing competitions and shows are in demand. Not only are they
entertaining, colourful and fun to watch but they also reveal another
chapter of the immense talent that most of our artistes boast of.
The Punchi Thirae team Picture by Ruwan de Silva
A group of artistes who have portrayed many memorable roles on the
mini screen have gotten together to showcase the Punchi Thirey dancing
show for music and dance enthusiasts of the country. The event will take
place at St. Joseph’s College, Maradana, on March 21 at 6.30 p.m. and is
put together by M.N. Marketing.
The first Punchi Thirey dance show was held in Dubai with the
participation of around 32 artistes. It was an immense success as Sri
Lankans and all those who are residing in Dubai got a taste of Sri
Lankan music and dance. With applause came demands to stage the show in
“We wish to thank Neel de Silva for giving us the opportunity to
stage the maiden show abroad. It was not easy to take 50 members
comprising artistes and crew abroad, especially considering the economic
crisis of the country but his aim was not to earn profit but to give a
taste of the best of Sri Lankan art to the audience,” said creative
director of the event, Chandana Weerabaddhanarachchi. Speaking at the
event, dance director of Punchi Thirey show, Shan Perera, stated that he
had not got an opportunity to make use of his experience of his 19-year
stint in the dance field up to that moment.
“Only a few individuals like Udayakantha Warnasuriya, Donald Jayantha
and Dammika Siriwardena noted my abilities and gave me the break to make
use of my skills. I have made use of a lot of hip-hop acts and some Sri
Lankan as well as Indian numbers to make up the show.
Damitha and Suresh perform a dance item from the show held in
Though I took up the position as choreographer according to Suresh
Gamage’s request, I am glad I agreed to be a part of the team as this
opportunity gave me the free raids to compose different genres of dance
acts,” he said.
“This concept derived from the fact that the television had become a
part of our daily life. After a hectic day, members of the family get
together in front of the television to watch a teledrama or program to
release their stress.
The mini screen is full of strength and vibrancy. We chose our tracks
because of the lively rhythm. Many new and young faces have joined our
group to take part in the show which will be held in Sri Lanka,” said
producer of the event, Neel de Silva who is also the initiator of the
highly popular Ridee Reyak series.
He added that their debut show was showcased in Dubai because he
himself is a resident in the country and wished the audience a not be
forgotten experience from Sri Lanka and the local artistes a chance to
display their skills abroad.
“We have not distinguished ourselves as a specific group. Any artiste
who had contributed to the small screen can join us and contribute their
share of talent to the show. We hope to dedicate one of our future shows
on behalf of the forces,” Weerabaddhanarachchi stated adding that the
third Punchi Thirey Dancing performance will be held at the BMICH on
April 5 at 6.30 p.m.
Amavathura to be launched
Gurulugomi’s Amavathura, edited by Norman Siripala, will be launched
at Dayawansa Jayakody Book Exhibition Hall, Ven. S. Mahinda Mawatha,
Colombo 10 on March 7.
Siripala is the author of several other literary works such as
‘Janakavi Ashritha Katha, Sinhala Janakaviye Samaja Darshanaya, Janakavi
Adyanaya, Sinhala Theravili Sivpada, Janakaviya Saha Jana Jeevithaya and
Thalamal Kavi Samajaya. Amavathura is a Dayawansa Jayakody Book
Sound of Music - 2009
‘Sound of Music- 2009’, a concert comprising instrumental music will
be held at the Sudasuna Theatre on March 9 at 2.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Presented by Meeriyam Music Centre, Chilaw, the event employs a wide
range of musical instruments and is aimed at giving the audience a taste
of Western music.
The students of Meeriyam Music Centre will attend the event. Some of
the leading professionals in music are also expected to take part.