He was father of Vijaya of Sri Lanka and king of Sinhapura. He was the son of Supadevi, a Vanga Kingdom princess. According to the Mahavamsa's folklore the chronicled history of Sri Lanka , Sinhabahu 's father was a lion and his mother a princess of Vanga. Considered Sri Lanka's premier playwright, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya for many years and served as Sri Lankan

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Sunday Observer Sri Lanka. Highly acclaimed by critics and enthusiastically received by audiences throughout Sri Lanka and the world. Maname is based on the well-known Buddhist story belonging to the Jataka stories Birth stories of the Buddha known as the Chulla Dhanuddara Jatakaya.

Maname gave modern Sri Lankan theatre resurgence and provided a cue for the discovery of the roots of Asian theatre. It was an outstanding combination of theatrical craft, poetic sophistication and dramatic concentration in which the essential elements in the folk theatre tradition were adapted to the modern stage. Maname has not only stood the test of time but also profoundly influenced the course of Sinhalese theatre. It could indeed be said that without Maname, Sinhalese theatre would not have progressed the way it has.

Maname occupies a unique place in the annals of Sinhalese drama. No other play has generated so much critical discussion, inspired so many playwrights or produced so many imitators. It is invoked as no other play is, as the touchstone of dramatic excellence.

Its popularity remains undiminished to this day. A significant feature of Prof. He was not for blind imitation or for the mere revival of tradition. He utilised tradition to create new works of art.

In his plays he preserved the basic form of the nadagama but refined it to suit the needs of the modern theatre. The operatic character, the song and dance, the narrator, and the stylised tradition remain; their use however is different. He combined the new with the old, the traditional with the modern, the sophisticated with the simple to achieve a brilliant blend that proved to be a trail blazer in addition to being very fine theatre.

The legendary dramatist Prof. It consists of two venues for performances, which includes the main auditorium and an open air amphitheatre. However, so far Nelum Pokuna has been attracted mostly for the music and dance events which we wanted to promote as a theatrical production centre as well, because this is fully equipped according to international theatre standards.

Therefore, we want to popularise Nelum Pokuna among theatre lovers and the theatre directors for them to use this place for their productions. Hence, to get the initiative, we thought it would be a great commencement to stage the legendary dramatist Prof. Therefore, as a tribute to Prof. Therefore, most of the artistes, especially dramatists are reluctant to organise their events at the Nelum Pokuna, due to the cost factor. However, so far the events which had been organised at Nelum Pokuna had favourable participation.

It is understandable that unlike other theatres in the country, Nelum Pokuna is costly and people can have a doubt whether they can administer their costs. However, Nelum Pokuna cannot merely be compared to other theatres in the country, because this is a huge investment and built according to international standards. Therefore, the experience you get at Nelum Pokuna as a spectator, actor or even a dramatist is completely different.

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Sinhabahu The Paradigmatic Myth Of The Sri Lankan Oedipus

The mythological Story of Sinhabahu describes the origin of Sinhala nation. According to the mythology, the Princess Suppadevi of Vanga Kingdom was kidnapped by a ferocious lion and took her to the wilderness. While living with the lion she became pregnant and had twins. The newly born son was named Sinhabahu and daughter was named Sinha Seevali. The lion kept them in a cave and used to cover the entrance with a mighty rock.


He was father of Vijaya of Sri Lanka and king of Sinhapura. He was the son of Supadevi, a Vanga Kingdom princess. According to the Mahavamsa 's folklore the chronicled history of Sri Lanka , Sinhabahu's father was a lion and his mother a princess of Vanga. His hands and feet were like a lion's paws. When Sinhabahu was sixteen, he escaped with his mother and sister, Sinhasivali, and arrived in the capital of Vanga.


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