Citation of the Award bestowed for the lifetime Achievement at the Opening Ceremony of the Colombo International Theatre Festival (CITF) 2016
"Para", the tall man with a short pop name,
This man Para has proven creative excellence in film and tele drama direction and in production of stage drama that took him beyond the shores of Sri Lanka.
Para who grew taller than his six feet frame in the creative world, broke barriers in treading new and creative paths to reach out for ethnic harmony, broke down the proscenium theatre to take drama to the village on a new arena, forged a multi ethnic group of young performers who engage with new audiences in Sinhala and Tamil and gave birth to a modern nomadic theatre culture, now called "Janakaraliya"
Para, the man who would remain a new legend in modern art and culture as Parakrama Niriella, is now called upon to be felicitated for his passionate, aggressive, rebellious and ambitious contribution to art and culture, in a not so easy terrain of a conflict ridden society.
The man with a
Passion for humanity and unity
The man with an
||Aggressive heart for creative art
|The man with a
||Rebellious mind for unconventional dreams
|The man with an
||Ambition to follow his dream.