Based on The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, Hunuwataye Kathawa is the Sinhala translation by Henry Jayasena. The play is about a queen, her son. Kala Keerthi Dr Henry Jayasena (Sinhala: හෙන්රි ජයසේන) (6 July – 11 November the starring roles of Piyal in Gamperaliya (), Azdak in Hunuwataye Kathawa (), Lalith in Dahasak Sithuvili ()and Avurududa ( ). A stage drama organized by the Student Parliament of Visakha Vidyalaya titled ‘ Hunuwataye Kathawa’ was held on the 21st of January,

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The play did not gain popularity kathswa the United States until the s. This production is presented by the Bank of Ceylon as part of its active participation in major cultural events of the country. The production received rave reviews both here and abroad.

With the new production of ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’ after half a century of tremendous effort, Henry will be able to leave behind one of the eminent pieces of theatre for the future generations. Retrieved from ” https: Brecht’s source for the play is most likely Klabund’s ‘Circle of Chalk’, which was based on an ancient Chinese play written in AD with the same name.

Hunuwate Kathawa has a long run of 32 years – the longest run of a production in this country – from to with sterling performances by Manel Jayasena as Grusha, Henry Jayasena as Azadak, Wijeratne Warakagoda as the Narrator and Santin Gunawardena hunuwatayd Simon Sashawa. He died on 11 November in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


The first professional production took place at Hedgerow Theatre in Philadelphia in and was directed by Eric Bently. Retrieved 27 April From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Henry back hunuwwtaye the limelight.

It never quite made it there, but was instead premiered by students at Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota in Wednesday, 11 February Giving an end to nearly a five years break this veteran dramatist is back in the limelight with his renowned play ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’. The drama created a niche not only for Henry but also for local theatre at large. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 11 March Henry back in the limelight by Chamitha Kuruppu A new production of Henry Jayasena’s celebrated play ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’ was performed at the Lionel Wendt theatre on February 9 and 10 and there will be three more performances at the John de Silva memorial theatre on February 13 to This Biography may have been copied and pasted from another location, possibly in violation of Wikipedia’s copyright policy.


Retrieved 2 July By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. A special feature of the new production is the participation of young recruits of the ‘Janakala Kendraya’ of folk arts at Battaramulla by the Samurdhi Ministry. It is also a coincidence that the actor Dr Jayasena received his award at Malalasekara Theatre named after first principal of Nalanda College late Professor Gunapala Malalasekera.

Henry has broken new ground in Sinhala theatre while contributing immensely towards literature and song writing.

It was the longest tele drama telecast during the s, long before the “mega tele drama” craze which has overshadowed the quality of the present television programs.

Henry who has created a celebrity line of actors on stage dramas and films has selected the best of talent from the present day Sinhala stage to do justice to the unforgettable characters of Hunuwataye Kathawa, which created a niche for local theatre at large.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s eminent play ‘Maname’ watched it more than ten times to grasp the unique experience.

Stage Dramas : Hunuwataye Kathawa

At the same time, the ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ is clearly a communist play – whoever can make the best use of resources in order to provide for other deserves to get those resources. The widest coverage in Sri Lanka. Scholarship In the s young Henry through a scholarship got the opportunity to study further about drama in Russia.


Apart from his unforgettable performance as ‘Maname’ celebrated actor Henry Jayasena is still in the hearts of art lovers for his notable roles in Gamperaliya as ‘Piyal’ and in Doo Daruwo as ‘sudu seeya’.

Archived from the original on 14 November This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat Television was introduced in Sri Lanka in the late s and early s. A young drama hunuwaaye who was amazed by Prof. Just after one year the same youth had the opportunity of playing the role of prince ‘Maname’.

Upali Group of Companies. InHenry baptized Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ as ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’ which was highly acclaimed as a superb piece of theatre by audiences and critics of Sinhala drama.

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A still from the rehearsals with Henry Jayasena taking the centre stage. Hknuwataye Learn how and when to remove this template message. Also during this time Jaysena was a reputed film actor. The play itself is unusual for Brecht because it has a relatively happy ending; everything works out for Grusha.

He was also a reputed tele drama actor. Please be sure that the supposed source of the copyright violation is not itself a Wikipedia mirror.

Comments and suggestions to: One of the most famous characters he portrayed as a tele drama actor was the role of “Sudu Seeya” in the tele drama “Doo Daruwo” Directed by Nalan Mendis and written by Hunywataye.

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