Dramatised narration of Sybil Wettasinghe’s ‘How the Devil Ran Away’

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A dramatised interactive narration of Sybil Wettasinghe’s contemporary story ‘How the Devil Ran Away’ by Sulochana Dissanayake will be held on Saturday 24 August 2013 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Expographic Bookstore located at Pelawatta. This is the sixth program of this nature hosted by Expographic Bookstore. The program will feature a guest performance by real-life devil dancing maestro Dr. Lionel Bentharage, Professor, University of Performing Arts, Colombo 7, Join Dissanayake to watch Sybil Wettasinghe’s timeless stories spring to life with puppets, dialogue, music and movement. Experience the stories you love in a brand new, unforgettable manner.  An ideal family adventure to instil the joys of reading and re-live the magic of story-telling. Founder and Artistic Director of Power of Play Ltd. Dissanayake is a graduate of Bates College, USA  in Economics and Theatre ’09 and a Watson Fellow ’09/’10 (Thomas J. Watson Foundation, USA). She studied contemporary theatre/puppetry in South Africa/Indonesia and is currently promoting theatre as a dynamic tool of communication in educational institutes/corporate organisations while producing original works. An internationally renowned children’s author, Wettasinghe has written and illustrated over 300 stories that have won her numerous national and international awards. ‘How the Devil Ran Away’ was first published in 2000.The story illustrates age old village customs and healing practices of bali-thovil ritualistic performances. The story exemplifies how to overcome one’s fear of the unknown. Dr. Bentharage is an internationally renowned low-country artiste who has performed Sri Lankan low-country dancing rituals around the world. Trained under leading traditional maestros from his childhood, Dr. Bentharage currently teaches and performs these ancient ritualistic performances and is a main contributor for the maintenance of these rituals today. A gifted artisan, Dr. Bentharage also excels in creating traditional palm-frond decorations and constantly experiments in mixing traditional and contemporary craft designs to create unique stage sets, masks, puppets and props for contemporary performances. For more details of the event, please contact Expographic Books on 0112787140 – 141, 0773165894.