In addition our main production event , we conduct many smaller events trough out the year. they include screening of files, BBQs, sports events, get together and dinners. This section a list several such event held in the past.

SLDA Cricket 2019

posted Feb 28, 2019, 5:09 PM by Chathura Kariyawasam

Food Fair 2018

posted Feb 28, 2019, 4:59 PM by Chathura Kariyawasam   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 5:05 PM ]

KaniKani ~ Ranga

posted Jul 4, 2017, 1:44 AM by Neluka Fonseka   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 4:06 AM ]

Building Bridges with Kanikani – Ranga


The Sri Lankan Dance Academy (SLDA) in Wellington is proud to present Kanikani-Ranga, representing the harmonious blend of Maori performing arts and Sri Lankan traditional dance. The performers will share how these two diverse traditions of dance have developed over the years, while retaining the spirit and the essence of its origin. It involves a powerful combination of dancing, drumming and singing.

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is a land with beautiful rainforests, endless beaches, diverse wildlife, timeless ruins, flavourful cuisine and above all is home to welcoming and warm people. The secret of Sri Lanka’s attraction lies with its people who are known for their serene smiles and helpful nature. Our rich culture is enriched with Buddhism, over two thousand years of knowledge and other colonial traditions.

It is with pride we share our vibrant culture, knowledge and experiences with the wider community enriching New Zealand, our second home.

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and is also one of the last lands to be settled by people. Polynesians were the early settlers who developed a distinctive Maori culture. With the signing of Treaty of Waitangi, the country became a British colony. Today, the majority of the population comprise of European descent. The New Zealand culture is mainly derived from Maori and early British settlers.

Our production Kanikani - Ranga is a creative composition of our two cultures creating a new journey of discovery while contributing towards the cultural diversity of New Zealand. This is a result of our ongoing efforts in collaborative teaching, training and performing.

The desire to provide a glimpse of our rich cultural heritage to the younger generation was the beginning of our director, Dayani Gonsalkorale’s journey in teaching dance.  From a humble beginning in 1975 the journey continued creating an opportunity to our young generation to contribute towards the rich cultural diversity in New Zealand. Our academy has imparted the knowledge of this sacred art form to more than 500 students over the past 43 years. We are humbly proud of having the resources to provide the facility to our children in a country far away from its country of origin.

Kanikani – Ranga will come alive on the 15th July 2017 at the Victoria University Memorial Theatre at 3pm and 6.30pm with a large group of 80 performers. Our performers comprise of internationally acclaimed artists from Sri Lanka – Susantha Rupathilaka, Prasantha Rupathilaka & Shamila Prashadini, Eugene Temara and his team of performers, Mohan Sudusinghe and his students from the Sri Lankan Dance Academy. The show is directed by Mohan Sudusinghe and choreographed by Eugene and Mohan with drum composition by Susantha and Prasantha Rupathilaka. The highlight of the event would be the novel recital of drum beats and melodies of the two nations using the newly created drum “Kala Bera”.  Kala Bera is a large Sri Lankan drum created in New Zealand with the resources found in the country with the guidance of Prasantha.

The academy is grateful for the whole hearted dedication of “SLDA family” of parents and well wishes, the support from the community at large and the financial support given by various funding organisations. We invite you all to be part of this spectacular event. Tickets are priced from $20 - $50 and can be purchased by contacting Neluka 027 5226694 or Vinod 0272447924


posted Mar 11, 2014, 8:49 PM by chalaka salpadoru

Samanala Thatu (Butterfly Wings)

posted Mar 29, 2013, 4:28 AM by chalaka salpadoru

Date & Time

6th of August 2006 at 4.00 pm


Victoria Memorial Theatre


Sira is a 10 year old boy of a street family who makes their living by singing and dancing on the street. He has a physically handicapped young sister. Father is suffering from a heart disease for a long time, but ignores medical treatments as he can't afford the expenses and time for it.

Sira has a dream of buying a bicycle and collecting money for it. After realizing that he would never reach the target by helping parents, he seeks other means of finding quick money, by doing various other jobs, but falls into troubles more than earning money.

One day he receives an unexpected large amount of money from a foreigner and returns home happily knowing that he has enough money to buy his dream bike. By the time his father has been admitted to the hospital after worsening the condition. Sira generously spend all of his money to save his father, but father dies.

Shouldering the responsibility of feeding the mother and sister, and knowing the consequences of child labour and risk of hotel works, Sira is now left with no options other than taking up his father's job, which he has rejected earlier.


Sira Dasun Madushanka
Martin (Father) Suminda Sirisena
Batti (Mother) Duleeka Marapana
Sister Dulanjali Ariyathillake


Assitant Director Daminda Madawala
Music Rohana Weerasinghe
Art Director Lal Harendranath
Editor Raveendra Guruge
Producer Renuka Balasooriya
Story & Script Somaratne Dissanayake
Director Somaratne Dissanayake


Mexico International Film Festival - 2005
  • Best Film Award
Rimouski International Film festival (Canada) 2005
  • Humanitas Camerio Award
  • Jury Mention Award
Sousse International Film festival (Tunisia) 2006
  • Best Film Gold Award

International Festivals Participated
  • Mexico International Film festival 2005
  • Rimouski International Film festival (Canada) 2005
  • Lucas International Children Film festival (Germany) 2005
  • Films From South International film festival, Oslo. (Norway) 2005
  • Wuzburg International Film festival (Germany) 2005
  • Dhaka International Film festival (Bangladesh) 2006
  • Cairo International Children film festival (Egypt) 2006
  • Sousse Internatonaal film festiva (Tunisia) 2006

Source - Filmlanka official website

File - Sooriya Arana, Victoria Memorial Theatre

posted Mar 29, 2013, 4:15 AM by chalaka salpadoru


Sediris, a hunter in a remote village accompany his 10 year old son Tikira, on hunting in order to teach him the trade. Other villagers do not enter the forest as Sediris has scared them with false rumours of ghosts. Sudden appearance of a monk with a young disciple becomes a threat for Sediris. Various attempts by him to remove the monks fail. Meanwhile the secret friendship developed between the two boys turns into a strong bond, challenging the adults. Inspired by the little monk, Tikira gradually learns to love animals instead of killing.

Villagers begin to accept the monks despite the threats by Sediris. One day while fleeing away from villagers Sediris accidentally runs onto one of his own gun-traps and loses a limb. Helpless with six children and two wives, Sediris is surprised to see the monk he hated is there to help them. The bond between two boys becomes inseparable, and Tikira takes a drastic change of life.


Sediris Jackson Anthony
Monk Jayalath Manorathne
Tikira Sajith Anuththara
Little Monk Dasun Madhusanka


Assitant Director Daminda Madawala
Music Rohana Weerasinghe
Art Director Heenatigala Premadasa
Editor Shyaman Premasundara
Cinematographer Channa Deshappriya
Producer Renuka Balasooriya
Story & Script Somaratne Dissanayake
Director Somaratne Dissanayake

  • Presidential Award Festival 2005, Sri Lanka
  • Special jury award for perfomance - Dasun Madhushanka
  • Special jury award for perfomance - Sajitha Anuththara
  • Best Lyrics - Somaratne Disssanayake
  • Best singer - Harshana Dissanayake B
  • est make-up - Ebert wijesingha
  • Best sound - Shyaman Premasundara
  • Best cameraman - Channa Deshappriya
  • Best Actor - Jackson Anthony
  • Best script - Somaratne Dissanayake
  • Most popular film of the year

Source - Filmlanka official website

Film - Punchi Suranganavi (Little Angel)

posted Mar 29, 2013, 4:05 AM by chalaka salpadoru


10 year old Sampath, a Sinhalese Boy, born to a rich family, is mentally disturbed due a to lack of parental love and care from the infancy. His mother walked out of the family home when he was a few years old. He doesn't talk to anyone and lives a solitary life of this own.

He has a habit of smashing and breaking things in the house when he gets disturbed. His father believes that everything can be solved with money. He spends generously on all the comforts and expensive toys for Sampath, but ignores the most important thing, which is parental love and attention for the child.

Sathya, an 8 old Tamil girl, comes to work as a servant in the house. She is the daughter of Velu, the longest serving domestic employee of the family. Sampath is attracted to Sathya's innocent and joyful childish behavior. Gradually they become friends, much to the annoyance of Sampath's racist father. Sampath begins to pick up words from Sathya snd he is soon speaking Tamil. His father wants to break this developing relationship, but the doctor advises against it, saying it's the best treatment for Sampath.

Sampath comes out of his mental disturbance and becomes almost like a normal child. On psychiatric advise he start his schooling at home with private tutors together with Sathya. Sampath's father now sees the positive influence the Tamil girl has on and begins to accept her.

This is 1983, when the worst ethnic clashes occurred in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalese and Tamils. Organized gangs of Sinhalese extremists launched pogrom against the Tamils, destroying their property and killing innocents. Velu and Sathya get caught to the rioters. Velu is killed, but Sathya escapes.

Sathya's mother arrives and decides to take Sathya back to their village, despite the offer made by Sampath's father for them to stay on in the bungalow. After loosing the whole new world he had built up with Sathya, Sampath reverts back to his disturbed state and starts his destructive behavior.


Sampath (Sinhalese Boy) Tharaka Hettiarachchi
Sathya (Tamil Girl) Nithyavani Kandasami
Perera (Father) Sriyantha Mendis
Shanika (2nd Nurse) Dilani Abeywardana
Doctor Namel Weeramuni

Guest Performances

Henry Jayasena
Malani Fonseka
Jayalath Manorathne
Janaka Kumbukage


Music Rohana Weerasinghe
Art Director Hemapala Dharmasena
Production Manager Mahinda Dissanayake
Make-up Imal Shanaka Peiris
Sound Kalinga Gihan Perera
Editor Ravindra Guruge
Cinematographer Suminda Weerasinghe
Producer Renuka Balasooriya
Story & Script Somaratne Dissanayake
Director Somaratne Dissanayake


Isfahan International Film Fetival 2002 (Isfahan, Iran)
  • Golden Butterfly Award
  • Best Actress (Nithyavani Kandasami)

Source - Filmlanka official website

Film - Saroja, 2001

posted Mar 29, 2013, 4:01 AM by chalaka salpadoru


For the past twenty years, the Indian ocean island of Sri Lanka been troubled by an ethnic conflict. Government forces are batting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who want a separate Tamil homeland in the North and East of the Island. This war is only two decades old but the animosity and conflicts between the minority Tamil race and the majority Singhalese race in Sri Lanka goes back many centuries.

Sundaram is a Tamil who was forced to join the Tiger rebels. During a battle, he escapes into the jungle with his seven year old daughter Saroja. Sundaram is injured and he cannot walk. They are desperately hungry. Sundaram wants to protect his daughter. But he loses hope of surviving. He tells his daughter to leave him to die and seek refuge in a Singhalese village nearby.

Saroja is found by Varuni, an eight year old Singhalese girl. Varuni secretly takes food to Saroja and her farther. She wants her parents to save Saroja and her farther and bring them into the house. Varuni's mother is an extremist and wants these Tamils caught and handed over to the Army. But Varuni's farther, a village school teacher, takes a human approach. He believes that the Tamils have an equal right to live in Sri Lanka and that all Tamils are not Tigers. He brings Saroja and Sundaram into the house.

The family are now forced to keep their secret from the village. Sundaram is admitted to hospital under a false name and he acts as if he was dumb. A strong bond develops between Varuni and Saroja. They teach each other Tamil and Singhalese. Varuni's mother gradually grows to love Saroja and becomes very protective of her.

Sundaram's cover is finally blown in hospital. He is arrested. along with the school teacher. But the police cannot prove he is a Tamil Tiger guerilla. He and the school teacher are released. But the villagers are not forgiving. The centuries old hatred of the Tamils comes to the surface. Saroja is not allowed to attend the local school. The school teacher is criticized for questioning the idea that the island of Sri Lanka is only for the Sinhala race. He is hated for giving refuge to Tamils.

The villagers spread false stories about him and his family. They threaten to burn his house down if he did not leave the village with his Tamil friends. They petition the school authorities. The school teacher is finally forced to leave the village under a punishment transfer to a school in the northern Tamil area. But before he can leave, the Tigers make their move, and grant the villagers their secret wish.


Father (Teacher) Janaka Kumbukage
Mother (Teacher's wife) Neeta Fernando
Sundaram (Tamil Escapee) Mervin Mahasen
Varuni Pramudi Karunarathne
Saroja Nithyavani Kandasamy
Sirisena Mahendra Perera


Music Rohana Weerasinghe
Art Director Heenatigala Premadasa
Sound Lionel Gunaratne
Editor Stanley de Alwis
Cinematographer Suminda Weerasinghe
Producer Renuka Balasooriya
Story & Script Somaratne Dissanayake
Director Somaratne Dissanayake


Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh)
  • Audience award (Best film)
  • Best Asian Film (Netpac Award)
Houston International Film Festival (USA)
  • Bronze Award
Pyongyang International Film Festival (Korea)
  • Special Award of the Festival
Iran International Film Festival (Isfahan - Iran)
  • Best Director
  • Best Performance (Pramudi & Nithyavani)
Chicago International Film Festival (USA)
  • LIV Ullmann Peace Award Vesoul
International Film Festival (France)
  • Audience Award (Best Film)

Source - Filmlanka official website

Sirith Yathra Foyer Display

posted Mar 29, 2013, 3:49 AM by chalaka salpadoru

Date - 13th august 2005
Place - Victoria University Memorial Theatre Hall

Information and photo galleries on Kataragama, Sri Lankan gypsies, indigenous Veddah, masks, Sinhala New Year traditions, paddy field related traditions, Nava Rathri festival, Vess Dance.

Photo display of Sirith Yaathra participant dancers


posted Mar 29, 2013, 3:44 AM by chalaka salpadoru   [ updated Mar 29, 2013, 3:45 AM ]

Date - March 2004 Place - Petone, Wellington
Collection of Brassware, batiks, photographs of ancient cities, tea information, map of Sri Lanka, gems and jewelry information and display, masks. 

Participated by Ceylon Tourist Board agent based in Auckland Mr. Dhanapala. Free stalls were offered to SriLankan entrepreneurs to display and sell their products.

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