Bitter Nectar

Director: Rasaiya Lohanathan


This creation takes the viewer to a reality that is beyond reminiscence. It attempts to bring forth the realistic status of a community that was brought down by foreigners about 190 years ago from India. Even today these people are homeless, stateless and live without any appreciable rights. They were deceived to leave their homesteads in India with false promises of massive earnings. Boat loads of people drowned in sea due to overloading. Survievers had to face untold hardships, sicknesses, lack of food and harassment from contracters. During the long walk from Mannar to Matale through dense forests suffering from epidemics, family breakdowns, wild beasts attacks and death. (The stage reverberates with the powerful dialogues and performances). Today, the 10th generation, is still deceived by Company owners, administrates, politicians and lives under oppressed conditions without any ownership to possessions or basic human rights.

About the Director

Rasaiya Lohanathan joined Janakaraliya from its very inception. He has 14 years of experiences engaged in applying theatre arts for Social change. He is a full time member of Janakaraliya drama group with proven records of accomplishment in directing dramas. Critics as well as viewers acclaimed Bertolt Brecht’s drama Co-directed by him with Sumudu Mallawaarachchi an another member of Janakaraliya, ‘Wata Oluwo Saha Ul Oluwo’ (Round Heads and Pointed Heads).  In addition, his solo productions received state awards for direction and scripting. The highest for Lohanathan in the field of theatre arts is accolade of ‘Bunka Award’ from the Government of Japan. He is also a one of the veterans in Forum Theatre.  He continuously contributed to Janakaraliya for its service for the betterment of marginalized and oppressed communities.

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