මැටිකරත්තය  Meti Karaththaya

 

Meti Karaththaya – Sinhala

Kaliman Wandi – Tamil

English Meaning – The Little Clay Cart

Duration 160 Minutes

It is for this reason that Janakaraliya opted for the great Indian play “Mrichchakatika” (The Little Clay Cart) attributed to King Shudraka. Written originally in Sanskrit, it is said there is no historical records (400 AD) to ascertain when it was written, except for the contents of the play itself, which speaks of ancient Bharatha society. King Shudraka is considered as great as the other Sanskrit poets and prose laureates, Kalidhasa and Bhavabuthi (Vyasa) of ancient India. The difference being the other two great epic writers Kalidhasa and Bhavabuthi are considered as exceptionally poetic and excelling in narratives of long and sublime stories, while Shudraka settles for a more societal narrative which is less poetic, but strong in taking the reader through philosophical dissections of society that is humanly valid to date.   

"This is the most realistic of Indian dramas, unraveling a complicated story, rich in humer and pathos and crowded with action, of the love of a poor Brahmin, Charudatta, for the virtuous courtesan Vasanthasena; this story is interwoven with one of political intrigue, leading up to the overthrow of the wicked king Palaka, and the play contains a vivid trial scene, after which the hero is saved from execution at the last moment.  It is notable for its realistic depiction of city life, and for its host of minor characters, all of whom are drawn with skill and individually.  It has more that once performed in translation on the European stage, and, to a Western audience, is certainly the most easily appreciated Indian play."

Quoted from "The Wonder That Was India" - Prof.A.L.Basham

Cast

Charudatta - Suneth Shanthapriya

Vasanthasena - Nayana Malithi Kumari, Ruvini Dilanthi

Shakara - Jayantha Muthuthanthri, Nishantha Kularathne

Vidushaka - Rasaiya Lohanandan, Manjula Ranasinghe

Charudatta's Wife - Ronika Chamali

Madanika - Ruvini Dilanthi, Nayana malithi Kumari

Radanika - Selvaraj Lilawathi, Aroshsa Tharangani

Sharvilaka - Dinesh Livera, Ranjith Sumith

Vita - Thyagaraja Shivaneshan, Dinesh Livera

Vardhamanaka - Amila Dinesh, Ajanthan Shanthakumar

Aaryaka - Palitha Abelal

Sthawaraka - Sokkalingam Krishanthan

Bikku - Ranjith Sumith,Sarath Kumara, Asela Chaturanga

Maathura - Palitha Abelal, Sokkalingam Krishanthan

Gamblers - Nishantha Kularathne, Jayantha Muthuthanthri

Veeraka - Sarath Kumara, Asela Chaturanga

Chandanaka - Nishantha Kularathne, Jayantha Muthuthanthri

Servant Girls - Aroshsa Tharangani, Selvaraj Lilawathi, Chandani Malkanthi, Inoka Lankapura

Cartman - Rajeshwaran Sathyapraba

Horsemen - Sarath Kumara, Asela Chaturanga, Amila Dinesh Kumara, Suresh Asanka

Wall - Amila Dinesh Kumara, Rajeshwaran Sathyapraba, Sarath Kumara, Buddhika Rathnasekara

Music - Sumudu Mallawarachchi

Orchestra
Sineth Devinda Gamage, Sokkalingam Crishanthan
Rasaiya Lohanandan, Asela Chathuranga
Dinesh Kumara, Isuru Dayantha Kondasinghe
Pushpa Bandara Karunarathne, Malith Anuradha

Stage Management-Selwaraj Leelawathi,  Amila Dinesh Kumara, Suresh Asanka

Costumes - Swinitha Subasinghe

Sets- Rohan Samaradiwakara

Makeup - Palitha Abelal

Lights - Ranga Samarakoon

Assistant Directors - Ronika Chamali,  Thyagaraja Sivaneshan

Executive Producers - Amiththa Weerasinghe, Dilip Rohana

Director - PARAKRAMA NIRIELLA