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Anura’s play promotes paternal love

A teledrama ‘Sivpath Rena’ miniplay which highlights paternal love is now being filmed in and around Hikkaduwa. The maiden production of I. D. Anura, a domicile in Denmark, the teledrama is directed by veteran actress Sriyani Amerasena.

The idea behind ‘Sivpath Rena’ is by Anura himself who said that fatherly love has gone unnoticed in this society. “Fatherly love and care is as important as those of the mother to a child. However, motherly care is always highlighted while society most of the time has forgotten the role played by fathers in bringing their children,” said Anura with his two kids huddling around him.

Born in Ambalangoda, Galle, Anura went abroad at the age of 19 and he had been living in Denmark for the past 19 years. Father of a son and a daughter, Anura related how he got the idea for the teledrama recalling an experience, where his wife was compelled to go for work leaving the little one in his custody after six months of his birth.

‘I was all alone with my child. I realized how important parental care is for a child during a tender age. In fact, I took two years’ leave to be with my child’ Anura said. This experience has made him think about the paternal love and care which plays an important role in bringing children up.

‘It is always the motherly love which is promoted in society. A father’s role is equally important. Yet it is not appreciated properly’ he said. ‘Sivpath Rena’ is woven around a father who dedicated and devoted himself to look after his family. In the story, the father undergoes much difficulty in ensuring care and protection for his children who are deprived of motherly care.

‘I want to tell society that a father’s role should not be underestimated. When parents are divorced, I have noticed children are even not allowed to talk to their father by the relatives of their mother. This is something that should not happen and after all a father is a father. He should always be respected. This is my message to society’ he said.

Recollecting how the idea of producing a teledrama came, Anura said that he accidentally met Sriyani Amarasena at a shopping mall in France in 1993. And Sriyani had gone to France to screen the film ‘Tharanaya’ and being befriended with Anura, she had invited him to watch the film.

‘Subsequently, I supported the film screening in several other European countries including Denmark, Sweden and Germany. And we were able to collect a considerable fund and this whole scenario made me bound to the field of arts’ Anura said expressing his gratitude to Sriyani who developed his interest in cinema.

Since then, a large number of well-known artistes have visited Denmark from Sri Lanka under his sponsorship. Not even for artistes, for any Sri Lankan visiting Denmark, Anura’s residence in Copenhagen has become a welcome place where they would be served with delicious meals.

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