After 50 decades of colonial rule, the traditional dance was left impoverished and it was left to Chitrasena to infuse it with a new dynamism. Views Read Edit View history. This is why we present so few shows in the course of a year. The sprawling building was handed to him by Sir E. For other uses, see Chitrasena disambiguation. He challenged the mood of the 30s and 40s and influenced the mind of a generation, establishing himself as an artiste unparalleled in the dance annals of this country. It is often their strength, allowing flexibility and the use of natural gesture which is the language of the instinctive understanding.
He composed the music for some of the early ballets — with J. He is one of the most best actors in sri lanka. Ananda Samarakoon lived and worked with Chitrasena and created the National Anthem whilst living in the School.
Retrieved from ” https: Inthe land on which the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya stood was acquired by the Urban Development Authority, and the ddama was razed to the ground. Nationalism with Internationalism, Universality with Particularity.
Only, “reading” it is not within the parameters of the possible. He once read out to me a passage from the Kalama Sutta: Archived from the original on 5 June In this article reproduced and edited from the publication, Nritya Puja: Chitrasena was breaking new ground and there were instances of him being actually hooted off the stage.
More support from the public and the corporate world deama help. There is a beach festival in Hikkaduwa and there is a music festival in Jaffna but there is no festival that presents the great classical dance of our people.
He toured extensively in the provinces. InChitrasena made his debut at the Regal Theatre at the age of 15 in the role of Siri Sangabo, the first Karadiyaa ballet produced and directed by his father.
Why no dance festivals in Lanka?
Thajithangani, my other niece, is also a dancer. InChitrasena studied at Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore ‘s Shantiniketan in Bengal and had the distinction of dancing the lead role as Ananda in Tagore’s dance drama ‘Chandalika’ opposite Nandita Kriplani, Tagore’s granddaughter. To the dancer in Sri Lanka, it is even more — a test of exceptional loyalty and dedication to his art, a trial of unrelenting perseverance in the face of poverty and social scorn, a great triumph over the severest odds, a tremendous personal victory.
The limitations of the pure dance was apparently the reason for his attempt to create a genuine Sinhala ballet.
Chitrasena established the first school of National dance, the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya, in Colombo kadadiya Kollupitiya in But well may we ask whether the Kandyan dance has got a firm place on the stage in its homeland, Sri Lanka. They were flul realistic. She made her debut as soloist in the role of Prakriti in the ballet ‘Chandali’ in Chitrasena founded the Chitrasena Dance Company in Hanging on the walls, there is a ves thattuwa, made of silver.
His triumphs have so much composed our present, that his failures too must now be reckoned as inalienable from our national destiny. Chitrasena in the ballet Karadiya. People  from The IslandRetrieved 9 September She practices for hours every day to achieve perfection, knowing well that for a dancer this perfection is there on stage for a few fleeting moments and is then gone. January 18,5: Chitrasena was a schoolboy then, and the karqdiya of his father, Seebert Dias, a well-known actor of the day, had become a veritable cultural centre, in and out of which went the literary and artistic intelligentsia of the time.
Chitrasena – Wikipedia
Chitrasena is also a Universalist, an Internationalist with a difference. It had been gifted to Chitrasena by his teacher, Bevilgamuwe Lapaya Gurunnanse.
Presented in Kandyan technique, Chitrasena played the lead role, and this made people take notice of the boy’s talents. Eighty years of Chitrasena has also had its meaning for the rest of the art-world.
Begun in a rented house gifted by philanthropist Sir E. Their recommendation was accepted.
It is what makes him a contemporary of ours instead of an antiquarian restoring museum pieces from the feudal history of the dance. He is associated with the revival of the traditional dance in all its three major forms; Kandyan, Low-Country and Sabaragamu. They perform in the proper place — the theatre. Chitrasena considered one of his earliest works, the ballet ‘Vidura’to be the important break-through in his experimenting with a new medium.
To any dancer, eighty years is a remarkable achievement, an occasion for celebration.