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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.

About the Group

Janakaraliya was formed on 27 March 2002 with the objective to develop Sri Lanka’s pioneer multi ethnic theatre group that travels across the country with a Mobile theatre.  Janakaraliya activities were designed to be multi-cultural and bilingual form at the inception. Youth from all communities were trained in all aspects of performing art and social articulation to work in a multi-cultural environment. This approach demonstrated to the audiences consist with multi religious communities using different languages could work together; such groups could be brought together and lives a multicultural life on and off stage providing a precedent to larger society.  Janakaraliya performs dramas, conduct educational programmes for all social sectors, and conduct workshops to develop skills of activist groups across the country and Forum Theatre activities to build self esteem marginalized sectors facilitating social integration. Janakaraliya, is a Cooperating Member of UNESCO-ITI.  Visit its website www.janakaraliya.org for more information.


Performers Sumudu Mallawaarachchi,
Selvaraj Leelawathy,
Arosha Tharangani,
Devran Sri Livera,
Sarath Banagala,
Ruvini Dilanthi,
Inoka Lankapura,
Thilini Nimesha,
Madeera Udishani,
Vijith Hettige,
Praneeth Jeewantha
Director: Rasaiah Loahananthan
Executive Director: Parakrama Niriella
Stage Manager: Inoka Lankapura
Music Director: Sumudu Mallawaarachchi
Lighting Director: Ajantha Shanthakumar
Lighting Assistant: Vijith Hettige
Lighting Operator: Amila Dinesh Kumara