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Promoting peace and social harmony
Janakaraliya - Theatere Of the People
Janakaraliya Theatere Of the People

‘Janakaraliya Little Theatres’

Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group is not merely a group focusing on drama, theatre and culture alone. Janakaraliya works towards a conflict free pluralistic society. One that would co-exist for every ones’ benefit. It is the understanding of Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group that art in every form flourishes and enriches within societies that are open to exchange and assimilation. And that demands a stable society which would accept all its ethnicities, religious diversities and other differences as equal and honourable differences, in unity. It is on this basic understanding that Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre group works as an organisation in its internal programming and with the local societies it interacts with. This is why Tamil members act in Sinhala productions and Sinhala members act in Tamil productions. This has made a big impact amongst the audiences of both ethnicities. It’s a living experience how young people of two emotionally charged ethnicities work together to create and perform new artistic productions for a common objective.

Janakaraliya works directly with children using its group members as instructors / resource persons. During their tours, after performances in the Mobile Theatre, Janakaraliya members do visiting tours of nearby villages meeting youth, school children and villagers. They conduct theatre arts workshops and entertainment programmes for school children. In addition drama performances are conducted for the village communities in open spaces close to them. Separate workshops are held for the youth groups in these rural villages. All these acts are performed with the view to promote social integration, friendly co-habitation and inclusiveness. Along with all these activities Janakaraliya is engaged in promoting theatre arts among the masses.

Instead of producing dramas on peace with insignificant results Janakaraliya believes in setting precedents for social integration and inclusiveness through exemplary process they carry out in producing dramas as well as performing them.

Breaf of Founder

Parakrama Niriella that Founder of Janakaraliya Mobile Theatre, An Alternate Aesthetic Social Intervention in Sri Lanka.Since 2003, his main responsibility and devotion has been taking of "Jana Karaliya" Mobile Theatre and its Travelling multi-ethnic drama group throughout the country.


Being the most culturally positive force in developing a society contented with itself as a peaceful pluralistic society that enjoying and living with high aesthetic values and open to international knowledge and experience as well as living in harmony with nature.


Spiritual & cultural development of Sri Lankan society by means of enhancement of its creative, aesthetic and self- esteem as a peaceful, tolerable society and grooming the society to meet challenges in socio-economic and cultural development as a dynamic social member.

Contribute to Us

The HIVOS institute of the Netherlands extended their support to us in establishing the first ever multi ethnic drama troupe in Sri Lanka.USAID came forward to help us in this hour of need.USAID provided us the fully completed Mobile Theatre and kitchen utensils needed.

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Janakaraliya has many important and positive deviations from traditional drama, all encompassed in it, include in Sekkuwa, Soru Awilla - Thein Kallan, Watoluwo saha Uloluwo, Wenkatti Wattanam, Charandas, Charandas Kallan, Chekku, Devlo Gamana - Devlo Payanam, Erukkalam Poo, Andaramal, Hunuwataya, Kora Saha Andhaaya, Kurudanum Nondiyanum, Makararaksha, Meti Karattaya Seethambarapata Mayapattadai. Here some gathered memorable moments among them.

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Major Activities

Janakaraliya is capable of the mobile theatre, the proscenium hall or an open area in far away village hamlets into its ‘performance space’ quite easily adapting to the existing situation. This is an exercise of identifying the elements of the common ‘performing space’ correctly and using it to make the theatre art enjoyable for the common folk.
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Mobile Theater
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Outdoor Theatre
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Indoor Amphi Theatre performance
New Manager
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Open air night performance
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Open air daytime performance
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Procenium stage performence
Technical Staff

Activities in Detail


Mailing Address:
Janakaraliya Cultural Foundation, 238 A, Rajagiriya Road, SRI LANKA
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