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Introduction of ‘Janakaraliya Little Theatres’
Janakaraliya - Theatere Of the People
Janakaraliya Theatere Of the People

‘Janakaraliya Little Theatres’

Another significant achievement by ‘Janakaraliya’ was the introduction of two ‘Mini Mobile Theatres’. This also a novel introduction to our country.

In buildings of remote rural schools there’s no space to perform dramas as more often than not these buildings are long narrow corridor type once used to conduct classes. These narrow spaces cannot be converted to performing spaces. Fortunately most of these schools have playgrounds in different sizes. The small Mobile Theatre was constructed with the aim to be installed in these rural schools’ play grounds and perform Janakaraliya dramas as well as and providing spaces for indigenous rural artistes to perform their acts for their communities.

It was very gratifying that USAID came forward to sponsor our latest concept of ‘mobile little theatres’. The USAID stated that they were pleased help us taking into consideration the services rendered by Janakaraliya towards the betterment of the Sri Lankan society and to promote peace amongst the communities. One of these little mobile theatres was launched by locating them at the Anuradhapura Central College grounds at a festival organized for the event. ‘Andaramal’ – a Janakaraliya drama was performed at the launching ceremony. The day time show was dedicated to the school children and the evening performance was for the invitees. These little mobile theatres are used to stage performances for rural villages.

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.


Being the most culturally positive force in developing a society contented with itself as a peaceful pluralistic society that enjoying and living with high aesthetic values and open to international knowledge and experience as well as living in harmony with nature.


Spiritual & cultural development of Sri Lankan society by means of enhancement of its creative, aesthetic and self- esteem as a peaceful, tolerable society and grooming the society to meet challenges in socio-economic and cultural development as a dynamic social member.

Contribute to Us

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.

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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.

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Major Activities

Janakaraliya is capable of the mobile theatre, the proscenium hall or an open area in far away village hamlets into its ‘performance space’ quite easily adapting to the existing situation. This is an exercise of identifying the elements of the common ‘performing space’ correctly and using it to make the theatre art enjoyable for the common folk.
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Mobile Theater
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Outdoor Theatre
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Indoor Amphi Theatre performance
New Manager
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Open air night performance
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Open air daytime performance
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Procenium stage performence
Technical Staff

Activities in Detail


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