Hathpethi Mala, a local adaptation of a much-loved Russian folktale, was selected as the Best Drama at the All Island School Drama Festival, conducted by the Education Ministry.

Hathpethi Mala of Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda, was the big winner at the competition, earning nine awards including Best Direction, Best Script, Best Actress and Best Stage Management.

Kundalakesi Wanniarachchi’s performance earned her the Best Actress award while Amanda Wijethunge was selected as the second Best Actress of the competition.

Nine schools, representing the nine provinces, competed in the final round of this year’s All Island Drama Festival.