Janakaraliya multi-ethnic drama group, formed by Parakrama Niriella and the late HA Perera in 2003, has been rendering a yeoman service to the development of Sri Lankan theater by travelling across the country from district to district, during the past 12 years, taking their mobile theatre to the door steps of the rural communities of all ethnicities, providing them opportunities to enjoy aesthetic theatre and arts. Last year, at the invitation of Music and Drama Academy of Kerala, India, the Mobile Theater was taken to Kerala to be served as one of the premises for drama performance of the festival. Parakrama Niriella’s Hunuwataye Katawa and other Indian dramas were performed in this mobile theatre. This year, the Mobile Theater will be installed at Ichchampitiya Play Ground in the Chilaw City Center and a lengthy Janakaraliya Theatre Festival will be held from July 24 to August1, 2015. Eighty dramas including award winning Janakaraliya dramas as well as external dramas will be performed at the festival.
Accordingly, Professor Sarathchandra’s ‘Sinhabahu’, Parakrama Niriella’s ‘Charandas’, ‘Sekkuwa’, ‘Hunuwataya’, Seethambarapata’, ‘Andaramal’, ‘Madura Yame’, ‘Bhasha Saha Molee’, Selvaraj Leelawathie’s ‘Irumpila Porudiya Idayam’, Rasaiya Lohanathan’s ‘Parayan’, Sumudu Mallawarachchi and Rasaiya Lohanathan’s ‘Watoluwa Saha UIOluwo’, Ronika Chamali and Selvaraj Leelawathie’s ‘Payanihal’ will be performed along with Somalatha Subasinghe’s children’s plays, ‘Toppi Welenda’ and ‘Punchi Apata Den Therei’.
As a Cooperating Member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) affiliated to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Janakaraliya will conduct Theatre Workshops, and theatre appreciations for teachers and students of the schools in Chilaw.