How to find out ways and means to build an inclusive society, which was overlooked for several decades,
where all communities live in harmony?
Humanity has to be invested in plenty to make this difficult mission a reality
Janakaraliya has proven beyond doubt, with its realistic experiences, that this could be achieved through a carefully
designed cultural process
It was in such adverse and negative context, the Janakaraliya mobile theatre was conceptualized. A simple description of "Janakaraliya"would be, it is a bi lingual collective of youth trained in all skills necessary for drama pr oduction, who move from one location to another with their collapsible tent hall, performing plays to audiences who otherwise have no access to such recreation.During their long stays in rural locations, Janakaraliya introduces drama to school children and train teachers to use drama as a teaching tool.
In a more deeper discourse, "Janakaraliya" is an experimental process in applied theatre with stage plays taken out of their traditional proscenium stage into an arena platform and placed within a circle of audience. It thus creates a closer interactive experience for the audience. This novel experience for rural society has ignited a new interest in drama. This is evident in the Janakaraliya team that is almost all rural from both Sinhala and Tamil areas, including the plantation sector.
Breaf of Founder
Parakrama Niriella that Founder of Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre, An Alternate Aesthetic Social Intervention in Sri Lanka.Since 2003, his main responsibility and devotion has been taking of "Jana Karaliya" Mobile Theatre and its Travelling multi-ethnic drama group throughout the country.
"Theatre of the People" ensemble popularly known by its Sinhala name "Janakaraliya" is over 14 years old now. The whole idea of this travelling theatre ensemble was conceptualized by the Chief Executive Director Parakrama Niriella
Cooperating member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) of United Nations,Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),Secretariat of the Social Change Network of ITI
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Janakaraliya has many important and positive deviations from traditional drama, all encompassed in it, include in Sekkuwa, Soru Awilla - Thein Kallan, Watoluwo saha Uloluwo, Wenkatti Wattanam, Charandas, Charandas Kallan, Chekku, Devlo Gamana - Devlo Payanam, Erukkalam Poo, Andaramal, Hunuwataya, Kora Saha Andhaaya, Kurudanum Nondiyanum, Makararaksha, Meti Karattaya Seethambarapata Mayapattadai. Here some gathered memorable moments among them.