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Two books authored by Professor Ariyaratne Atugala namely “Vesmuhunu haa Vishpaurushayanaya” (Masks & Depersonalization) and “Mahasamaya haa Etic Naatyavedaya” (Mahasamayama and Etic Drama) will be released, toady (15).
Launching of these two books will take place in parallel to the commemoration ceremony of late Prof.Ediriweera Sarachchandra at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute today at 3.30 pm.
Prof.Ariyarathne Athugala commenting on the book launch said, "Creative Arts are paramount in nourishing the spirit – the inner thinking of the people of any country. My personal view is that there is a wealth of peoples thinking behind our traditional folk art, as well as sacrificial offerings/rituals performed in honour of an array of unseen celestial and other worldly beings of varying stature.
Legends and Rituals/sacrificial offerings to these beings embodied the patterns of our thinking on our world, as well as the evolution of human relationships throughout the centuries.
We have destroyed some of these ancient and valuable elements in an over protective attempt due to our greed. This is evident in other areas too.
I feel that these facts should be viewed in a new light and with a more practical approach".
A discussion focused on the use of performance arts by Sri Lanka’s renowned performance artiste Ediriweera Sarathchandra and the contemporary performance arts culture will take place at this ceremony and the main objective of this discussion is to strengthen the debate for the progress of the Performance Art.
The discussions will be held under the leadership of Professor Tissa Kariyawasam, Professor Sunanda Mahendra, and Professor Michael Fernando.
The main commemoration lecture of Professor Ediriweera Sarathchandra will be delivered by the veteran artiste Jayalath Manoratne.
Sepcial items from drama's of Prof.Sarachchandra will be also staged. with the contribution of Lalitha Sarachchandra.
Other lectures will be delivered by Senior Lecturer Attanayake M. Herath on "Literature and Drama", Senior Lecturer Damma Dissanayake on "Contemporary Stage and the Society", and veteran artiste Jackson Anthony on "Stage Dramas and its history".