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Ravana Sithabhilashaya on February 10

Ravana Sithabhilashaya – a Musical, will go on the boards at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre on February 10 at 3.45pm and 7pm.

The play is jointly scripted by Professor J. B. Dissanayake and Namel Weeramuni. The latter has directed the play. Music compositions and training are done by two award-winning veterans, Jayantha Aravinda, and Lionel Gunatillake. The choreography is brilliantly created by young and very imaginative and talented Akila Palipana. The cast is of veteran actors of great heights – they are being Rajitha Hevathantrige, Surangi Kosala, Chaminda Mirihagalle, Nihari Somasiri, Nilaksi Helapitiya, Guvani Uvindya, Saman Liyanarchchi, Mahesh Rajaguru, Sriyani Rupasinghe, Akalanka Welagedera, Nishanta Ajith, Amith Prasad and a host of others, altogether thirty-one in the play. Malini Weeramuni created superbly beautiful attractive designed appropriate costumes for the cast to enhance the dignity of the play.

“Namel Weeramuni’s Ravana Sithabhilashaya is Innovative, Superhuman Interpretation,” stated Prof: D. C. R. A. Goonatilleke in a review.

“There is a vigour and newness about Weeramuni’s production. The headdress of turbans commonly used in Sinhala stylized plays is eschewed. The long flowing costumes of the chorus are more ancient than Sinhabahu and are appealing. The handling of the chorus was impressive. The lighting was managed beautifully. The creation of the impression of the fire was spectacular. Visually the production was not merely pleasing; it was a treat. The grandeur of Ravana reduced images of Rama and Sita. The musical direction by Jayantha Aravinda and Lionel Goonatillake was beyond praise. Song, dance, and spectacle – the production used the resources available to stagecraft in 2018 with consummate skill.

Ravana Sithabhilashaya is likely to go down in the history of Sinhala drama as a landmark stylised play of our times,” he states.


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