Academic touch on theatre
The vibrant excitement created by a refined stage drama cannot be
replaced by any modern form of art. That is why stage drama stays in the
forefront for years.
And the award goes to…
* Best production -
* Best direction – Dhanushika
* Best actress – Prasadini Athapattu
* Best stage management – Vijith Nuwan
* Script second place – Thumindu Dodanthenna
* Best scenic designing – Nadeesha Samarakoon and Upamalika
National Drama Festival 2011 is a prominent event in country’s stage
drama calendar, through which a lot of young dramatists emerged their
artistic potentials. After competing with a number of first-class
dramas, Janelen Paninnada became the best among them, winning six
Drama and theatre
The drama was directed by a young lady who is enthusiastic and
academically qualified, Dhanushika Nayanakumari. She is a graduate of
Kelaniya University who has obtained a special Degree in Drama and
Theatre. She is a student of Wikramashila National School, Giriulla. She
has instinctive desire to involve in the field and currently teaches
Drama and Theatre at St. Paul’s Girls School. Her ultimate objective is
to engage in the drama industry as a director and a producer while
providing her knowledge to the upcoming generation being a teacher in
Janelen Paninnada was presented by Academic Players of Kelaniya
University. The winning drama team is a gang of university students who
are following the same degree. They are very enthusiastic and are very
talented dramatists who lead their drama to be the best among others.
First they did the drama as a practical assignment when she was in
the third year. And gradually they developed its features and formed it
to a very good drama. Dhanushika always wanted to use her academic
knowledge practically and she was the one who led the team to make the
drama a success. “I think the secret of our success is our unity, team
work and hard work. I got an immense support from each and every member
of the drama team. From the beginning we knew that we have the ability
to do something remarkable. So we always worked as a team to achieve
that. This is our first long drama which is staged,” she said.
“The drama is basically about the life of university students. The
drama forms around one major character, a university girl who faces a
lot of ups and downs in the university time. Her character illustrates
the university life in different aspects. The drama points up how love,
affection, politics, social issues affect on an undergraduate’s life.
But this is not framed to the university life but has a broad social
approach. We have created very complex characters that perform in a very
simple manner,” stressed Dhanushika.
The major character or the main actress of Janelayen Paninnada,
Prasadini Athapattu expressed her pouring happiness of becoming the best
actress. She is a student of University of Kelaniya who follows Drama
and Theatre Degree.
“I really like the character, Waruni who is a real portrait of an
undergraduate girl who is unknowingly caught by the external forces and
faces a lot of challenges throughout the university life. I think I
formed my character in a perfect way that the expected message is well
conveyed to the audience,” Prasadini said.
She is enthusiastic to continue her drama career as an actress who is
currently a Drama and Theatre teacher of Visaka Vidyalaya, Colombo.
Dhanushika gives her special thanks to Priyankara Rathnayake,
Thumindu Dodanthenna and Academic Players drama society, Drama and
Theatre and Image Art Department of Kelaniya University.