Nihal Kumara in Gira
To imitate something or someone is not a very easy task. He imitated
Bandu Samarasinghe's character on Swarnawahini's 'Shadow Star' and got
through to the last 12 out of 47983 candidates.
Nihal Kumara Banda
He is Nihal Kumara Banda who lives in Monaragala. In his childhood he
had an idea to become an actor. He participated in many school dramas
and it was the first experience of acting in his life. He studied at the
Monaragala Kossalpala Vidyalaya and became a very popular student
because of his excellent acting in several stage dramas in school. When
he was in school his principal Nandasiri and teacher in charge Dammika
Wickramasinghe helped him a lot.
Finally Nihal attended Jayasekara Aponsu's classes at Shilpa Kala
"Jayasekara Aponsu recognised my talents and helped me to enhance my
skills. I studied dancing, Arabic, vocal acting and history of drama
from him. When I was doing these courses I heard about the Shadow Star
program and I applied for it. Through this program I became popular
among people. "I would like to give my thanks to the people who helped
me at that time" Nihal said.
Now he is taking part in Jayasekara Aponsu's stage drama Gira. People
can see him on several other stage dramas such as Pathale Soldaduwo, Iri,
Guru in the near future and Madam Soba - a tele drama to be relrased
"I have three sisters and a brother. They encourage me every time.
Without their help I could not come on this long journey" he added.