mind adventures

an experimental theatre company set up in sri lanka in 1999.

What is it good for?

absolutely nothing.

there's been a lot of venting. suddenly we're all feeling powerless again. roads are closing again; checkpoints are up again. I belonged to that group of peple who theorised that the Ceasefire, however brittle, would afford the whole country the luxury of realising how great peace can be.

that the nastiness of constantly being on a war footing would pall in relation to how good a detente could be. i would still like to believe that.

that all sides are reluctant to take up arms again. that this act of terrorism is, in a way, an act of desperation. canada proscribed the tigers a couple of weeks ago; another event in london was also stopped. the karuna faction has to be contended with, and who knows how many other unknown factions have sprung up? look at what happened to the IRA when they tried to join the democratic process and become legit politicians. how many factions?

I agree with electra. an online political venting session is good for letting off steam, but let's not even try to pretend that any one of us is calm enough to make rational arguments or assessments.

I've pasted something here from an email that a friend sent me. think of it as a bit of therapy, moreover think of it as a proactive way of putting out the right message.

" It is my pleasure to offer you an opportunity to attend the premier performance of the anti-war drama “Sewaneli” (The Shadows) presented by a group of talented young actors committed towards conflict resolution.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 29 April 2006 from 6.30 pm -8.30 pm at the Lumbini Theatre, Colombo and presented with the support of The Berghof Foundation .

The drama is directed by well known Director, Ravindra Ranasinghe, whose last anti-war Drama "Dhoothikawo" featuring a cast of school girls, was presented in Colombo by Dharmasiri Bandaranaike in December las year.

“Sewaneli”, is the seventh anti- war drama directed by Ravindra Ranasinghe.

It is built around the theme of the second world war and deals with the plight of civil society, minority groups, journalists and others who are affected by the war. . The play is in the Sinhala language but according to the Director, transcends barriers of language as it is interwoven with music, movement and multi media effects.

It is planned to use this drama as a tool for communication on peace, and go beyond entertainment and kindling of emotions.

Hence it is hoped to provide through the event a forum for a social dialogue and discourse on the conflict in Sri Lanka.

It is also planned to take stage this event in other parts of Sri Lanka.

Please contact our Communications and Resaerch Officer Hiroshi ,Gunatilleke hiroshi.gunathilake@berghof-foundation.lk or Tel 2593201/ 2593301 ext 223, by Thursday 27 April 2006 the latest , so that we could arrange an invitation for you (Entrance is by invitation only)

Manique Mendis

Head, Communications and Media Unit
Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies
# 1 Gower Street Colombo 5, Sri Lanka
phones 00-94- 11-2593201/ 2593301
Fax 00-94-11-2593865
http://www.berghof-foundation.lk
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It is planned to use this drama as a tool for communication on peace, and go beyond entertainment and kindling of emotions.

Hence it is hoped to provide through the event a forum for a social dialogue and discourse on the conflict in Sri Lanka.

It is also planned to take stage this event in other parts of Sri Lanka.

Please contact our Communications and Resaerch Officer Hiroshi ,Gunatilleke hiroshi.gunathilake@berghof-foundation.lk or Tel 2593201/ 2593301 ext 223, by Thursday 27 April 2006 the latest , so that we could arrange an invitation for you (Entrance is by invitation only) "

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3 Comments»

  Pada wrote @

Since when have the ruminations of the Sri Lankan blogosphere ever affected anything including policy. Is El Buffalo readingh this ? Not likely too busy selling cases of AK47’s to willing buyers in Colombo now that’s far more likely. Will preaching peace to all the appatheticly disenclined in Colombo and elsewhere on the island. I can confidently say thats it is all a load of Pada….. Life will go on here with war or without as it has done for the past twenty years ++ Shut up put up or get out … as they would say and stop this bloody idealising for peace it’s boring…..

  daytripper wrote @

aiyo, we miss the real padashow. you’re a poor imitator and you can’t spell. bugger off.

  ravana wrote @

Well said. We never appreciated the real Padashow when we had him. And now we killed him and he’s gone… gone for good… boo hoo hoo.

Aiyo, I want to cry.

Samoma welapenna.


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