‘Angani’ is one of the Sinhala translations for ‘market’. As the title for Suranga Lakmal Seneviratna’s debut teledrama ‘Angani’ is referred to a market where buying and selling of everything is done.
Not only a market for home needs like food and beverage or furniture and home appliances but even for abstract nouns like culture, heritage, spirituality or human values. This is the sublime theme of ‘Angani’ a miniplay by Suranga Lakmal Seneviratna. And it is being now telecast every Wednesday at 8.35 pm on Rupavahini.
Screenplay written, produced and directed by Suranga Lakmal Seneviratna, Angani stars Suminda Sirisena, Gamini Samarakoone, Jayani Senanayake, Rebecca Nirmali, Sumith Ratnayake, Medha Jayaratne, Rukmal Nirosh, Kumara Thirimadura, Bandula Wijeweera, Gunadasa Madurasinghe, Nimal Yatiwella, Ranjith Rubasinghe, Upali Keerthisena, Felix Anton, Janapriya Jayasinghe and Shan Bandu Weerasinghe.
Set in the historical holy city of Ethulnuwara in Anuradhapura where most of the ancient ruins of the country’s great civilization are in evidence, the teledrama talks about a combination of people which comprise venerable, monks, treasure hunters, smugglers and ordinary people.
“Ethulnuwara is an area in Anuradhapura which was developed with the invaluable ancient treasures and a group of people with their distinctive sub culture,” director Senevirathna an experienced television programme producer said.
“Angani is also a 100% production from Anuradhapura as the entire teledrama was filmed in Ethulunuwara and a large number cast for the key roles too were selected from the same area,” Seneviratna who is also a visiting lecturer on mass-communication at Rajarata University said.
“In addition to nearly twenty five minor roles I recruited eight talented actors for the main cast from ‘Wanniye Wedikawa’, an art circle in Anuradhapura from which a large number of artistes were presented to the country,” he said.
Having telecast four episodes the teledrama has received a good response from the audience as ‘change’ to the teledrama trend with the similar theme and characters.
In addition to one of the main roles, Medha Jayaratne, Suranga’s wife is also the executive director and ‘Angani’ is edited by Saman Samarawickrema and art director is Roshan Warnakula. The musical score is written by Gayan Ganakadhara to the lyrics penned by Suranga himself whilst the playback songs are done by W. D. Ariyasinghe.