Maluwa’ : A story about water heritage
By Susitha R. Fernando
‘Diyawadana Maluwa’ is a story about the proud history
of world famous tanks and hydro system is being telecast every Friday
at 8.35 pm on Rupavahini. The miniplay, the latest direction by
actor Sathischandra Edirisnghe extols the virtues of preserving
and protecting the rich hydro system, a legacy left by our forefathers
and illustrates the disaster that may befall if the irrigation systems
were damaged by incorrect usage.
story is based in Raja Rata- Sri Lanka’s tank country. The
bund of a tank is damaged by the movement of heavy vehicles mostly
owned by Lakshman, a businessman who had risen from being a driver
to a millionaire. The local MP has shares in his business.
Bandara is a traditional farmer who is an epitome of the culture
synonymous with Raja Rata- the tank country. He fights Lakshman
with his son Rev. Assaji and the farmers of the village. However
Lakshman succeeds in suppressing these agitations with the help
of the MP who is his friend.
only daughter Indiwari who is a final year student at the University
meets Pandula while travelling home by train. Pandula is the newly
appointed engineer in charge of Raja Rata tanks.
is an orphan raised in a Walauwa and a boarding school and is a
brave young man appreciative of his culture, religion, and nature.
He joins Udula Bandara in fighting to save the tanks and water resource
of the area. Indiwari who recognises the justifications of Pandula’s
actions joins him inspite of parental objections.
the water in the tank gets polluted by the waste from the hotel
jointly owned by Lakshman and the MP which has been built adjacent
to the tank. It is also discovered that the hotel has been built
on the tank reserve. Pandula, Udula Bandara and Rev. Assaji and
the villagers get together to have the hotel moved from the site.
years ago farmer Jayatissa’s wife and kid had drowned in a
stream due to the water bing poisoned. Jayatissa has a daughter,
Piyumi by his second marriage and a son Lal, who was first employed
as a driver by Lakshman and later joined the MP.
manages to persuade the authorities to move the hotel away from
the tank reserve. Lakshman falls ill. In this complex situation
Indiwari is estranged from Pandula. Jayatissa’s daughter finds
employment in Pandula’s office. She develops an attachment
begins to search for his parents, He finds the waluwa but couldn’t
find anyone living there. Meanwhile Lakshman and the MP use their
political clout to negate the ruling and re-locates the hotel. Pandula
with the help of Udula Bandara and Rev. Assaji amass huge public
support including women and school children against them.
and Pandula get together again and their love is strengthened. Two
attempts are made by Lakshman using Lal, to kill Pandula but fails.
Piyumi realises the futility in chasing after Pandula and attempts
suicide by drowning in the tank. Meanwhile, due to strong public
demand the ruling to move the hotel from the tank reserve is re-enforced.
Maluwa conveys that the people who fought for the sake of a drop
of precious water discovers they are all - one Family. The main
roles are played by Sathischandra Edirisinghe, Janaka Kumbukge,
Nayana Kumari, Ajith Lokuge, Nandi Chandrasekara, Daya Tennekoon,
Grace Ariyawimal, Jagath Beneragama, Dayadeva Edirisinghe, Rupa
Gomes, Mali Jayaweerage and Buddhi Wickrema.
telefilm is scripted by K. B. Herath, camera is handled by Daya
Suriyaarachchi and is edited by Daya Punchihewa and music direction
is by Rohana Weerasinghe.