TV Times

‘Dangamalla’: Tale of a naughty girl on TV
By Susitha R. Fernando
'Dangamalla', teledrama based on the translation of the British Author, Enid Blyton's "The Naughtiest Girl in the School" starts from January 29 on the Swarnavahini.

Directed by Nalaka Swarnathilake the translation into Sinhala was done by Ganga Niroshini Suduwelikanda. Blyton's book, translated into many languages around the world is popular among the young and the old alike. Earlier the Sinhala translation was first produced as a programme on Lakhanda Radio with the participation of Senior lecturer Attanayake M. Herath of the Sinhala Department of the University of Peradeniya. The story was later produced as a stage play under the same title.

Woven around young mischievous Elizabeth Allan, the drama portrays how her surrounding, school, friends and music changes her to be a better and obedient girl.

Coming from an affluent family Elizabeth prefers to live alone. She detests all her colleagues and envies them all. Yet she is a bright and intelligent girl. Her unending mischief makes her to change schools one by one. This ends when she comes to "White Leaf" a school different from many she had been to earlier. This punishment free institution teaches the pupils to correct their own faults. Elizabeth though continuing with her unending mischievousness does not get the punishment she expects from 'White Leaf'.

"Dangamalla" is produced for Swarnavahini by Ruchira Liyanarachchi of R. S. Video, Kalubowila. Natasha Perera who played the main role in the play and received the Best Actress Award at the National Children's Drama Festival in 2003 will play the main role in the miniplay.

Young Natasha Perera plays the main role together with sixty five children cast from twenty six schools including Dinithi Doranegoda, Hasini Nanayakkara, Rashenika de Silva, Tiran Gurusinghe, Shashin Weerathunga, Sithija Himal and Poorna Nikethani. In addition the popular actors and actresses that are playing the lead roles are Kusum Renu, Ramani Siriwardena, Sanoja Bibile, Rebecca Nirmali, Malkanthi Jayasekera, Athula Pathirana and Varuni Madhupani.
Shooting of the teledrama was done towards the end of 2005 at the location of St Thomas' College, Guruthalawa and Bandarawela.


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