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Wealth of Acting

Shakespeare said that all world’s a stage and we are all actors. But then again, there are times when there’s more life in acting than in real life. The actor Gamini Fonseka is more attractive than the real Gamini. Actress Aiswarya is more innocent and livelier than the real Aiswarya. Even a painting has more life than the real.

There is a Sinhala play called ‘Rangapam Iwarai’ which means ‘End of Acting’. It suggests that we return to life by fleeing acting and deceiving. The message is that life begins when acting ends. The truth may be different, though. There is no life without acting.

To clarify further there is no meaning to words without singing or songs. The real meaning, or life of the words come out only when we sing them. The real shape of the body comes out when one dances. Ears come alive when one hears a song. Our eyes come alive when we see a beautiful painting or mask or kite or anything made by the skillful hands of the people.

So, let’s try to sing instead of talking. Let’s try to act instead of living. Let’s try to paint instead of taking photos using camera phones. Let’s try to act instead of merely living.
Anyway to act or paint or sing you have to be disciplined one because acting is a discipline. Singing is a discipline. Painting is a discipline.

You have to learn it. You have to know the art. The acting without discipline is lower or smaller than life. So I am telling that to live we have to learn or improve or have to upgrade ourselves.

The aim of real acting is not to deceive anyone, but to make everyone happy including himself. But some try to use acting to deceive others and but they end by deceiving themselves. It is that sort of acting that the above drama Rangapam Iwarai realy talks about.

So, to conclude now, I can say learn to act in order to live.