The launch of the Jana Karaliya with its Mobile Theatre was organised with a Festival of Drama on 10th of March 2005. Mobile Theatre was installed at the Nomads Ground, Colombo7 and this first Jan akaraliya Drama Festival was held 10th to 19th March. The objective of organising the first Janakaraliya festival in Colombo was to Publicise the concept of a mobile theatre and its programme to the whole country, demonstrate the use of the new Mobile Theatre and new experiences that could be gained and check the response of Colombo based intellectuals, theatre goers and the urban society.
Newspaper and TV media was used for a strong publicity campaign. Banners, posters were also used and members of the Mobile Theatre Group distributed fliers in the city. About 800 invitations together with a brochure on Janakaraliya were used as direct mail to dramatists and other artistes. The festival was a success than expected.
There after, the Mobile Theatre Group started its first public interaction in Anuradhapaura. It should be stressed here that in the past, even with state patronage, it had been extremely difficult to have successful drama festivals in the outstations. Thus the challenge faced by the Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group was herculean but was successful. In Anuradhapura 02 drama festivals (in 20 days-40 performances) were held in the Mobile Theatre itself and except for the first two days the theatre was fully packed. During the past 10 years Janakaraliya travelled with it Mobile Theatre throughout Colombo (twice), Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee (Kanthalai), Puttalam (twice), Hambanthota, Tangalle, Thambuththegama, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya (Hatton) and Badulla (twice), Anuradhapura (twice), Jaffna (twice), Mannar, Vavuniya, Homagama, Ampara, Chilaw. Six months in every year from 01st of February to end of July were the travelling period of the team. They spend about two to three month in every location performing plays and conducting various services and activities.
The HIVOS institute of the Netherlands extended their support to us in establishing the first ever multi ethnic drama troupe in Sri Lanka.USAID came forward to help us in this hour of need.USAID provided us the fully completed Mobile Theatre and kitchen utensils needed.