Archive for September, 2009

තල මල පිපිලා – Thala Mala Pipila

September 15, 2009

I think it was about more than 10 years ago when I last watched a stage drama. And that was මනමේ (maname), back when I was in school. Before that it was a stage drama called කැඩපත (kadapatha) – I barely remember that one. Even though I wasn’t dyeing to see another one, I always wanted to go watch a stage drama just for a change to all the big screen (wide-screen, lcd screen, television screen) movies. After missing several opportunity I finally got a chance to watch the famous stage artist Jayalath Manoratnes (ජයලත් මනෝරත්නයන්) thala mala pipila (තල මල පිපිලා) stage drama today.

When the drama started I was captured by the strange lighting that was made in the stage focussing the attention on a person wearing on a robot costume. Eventhough the constume wasn’t good enough to pass for a real robot, it made me feel that we are about to enter to a strange world. I sat up straighter on my chair. The year it said was 4000 AD. It explains that they no longer pocess anything called tradition (සම්ප්‍රදාය) or emotions (හැඟීම්) but there were a species called humans millenniums ago who did have it. The robot wanted to share one such historical scene with us. It was one of the wierdest way of stepping in to a story, but nonetheless the surrounding the lighting and the synthesized voice made it very interesting.

The story starts up from that point onwards, and I wont explain what the story is, because I would probably ruine the greateness of such an artistic creation just by trying to make you imagine what it was like. But I must say the attention to the details, the lighting, the music, the hilarity and the magnificent performance of the stage actors did not stir me even anything close to bordem. It kept us interested right until to the end.

Now I’m officially a sri lankan stage drama fan 🙂


Why did the war in SL went on for more than 20 years?

September 15, 2009

This is not entirely accurate, but close enough analogue. Found on the internet.

The 8 Monkeys

(This is reportedly based on an actual experiment conducted in the U.K.)

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.
Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.
One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious.  But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder.
All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why.

However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.
A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him.

This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it.  However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey.
One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.