Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group is not merely a group focusing on drama, theatre and culture alone. Janakaraliya works towards a conflict free pluralistic society. One that would co-exist for every ones’ benefit. It is the understanding of Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group that art in every form flourishes and enriches within societies that are open to exchange and assimilation. And that demands a stable society which would accept all its ethnicities, religious diversities and other differences as equal and honourable differences, in unity. It is on this basic understanding that Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group works as an organisation in its internal programming and with the local societies it interacts with. This is why Tamil members act in Sinhala productions and Sinhala members act in Tamil productions. This has made a big impact amongst the audiences of both ethnicities. It’s a living experience how young people of two emotionally charged ethnicities work together to create and perform new artistic productions for a common objective.
Janakaraliya works directly with children using its group members as instructors / resource persons. During their tours, after performances in the Mobile Theatre, Janakaraliya members do visiting tours of nearby villages meeting youth, school children and villagers. They conduct theatre arts workshops and entertainment programmes for school children. In addition drama performances are conducted for the village communities in open spaces close to them. Separate workshops are held for the youth groups in these rural villages. All these acts are performed with the view to promote social integration, friendly co-habitation and inclusiveness. Along with all these activities Janakaraliya is engaged in promoting theatre arts among the masses.
Instead of producing dramas on peace with insignificant results Janakaraliya believes in setting precedents for social integration and inclusiveness through exemplary process they carry out in producing dramas as well as performing them.
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.