Rasavindhana’: All about movies
Writer Chandana Silva is well-known for his writings
Having written four books, all about cinema 'Cinema Viyarana Wyawaharaya'
1997 (Grammar and Usage of Cinema), 'Cinema Mayawa ha Yatharthaya'-
1999 (Cinema; Mystery and Reality), 'Cinema Roopa Ridmaya'-2000
(Cinema picture rhythm) and 'Cinemawa and Waranaya' 2003 (Cinema
and Censorship) his latest titled Cinema Rasavindhana (enjoying
Cinema) is once again about cinema. But in his latest Chandana had
narrowed his area of study by limiting to a film, Dr. Lester James
Peries' heart-warming evergreen 'Golu Hadawatha' (Silent Heart)
based on Karunasena Jayalath's ever popular novel. Yet it is a broader
study of one film.
Writing a preface to the book, Chandana says "It
is with destiny one gets an ability to enjoy a work of art".
Cinema is a powerful medium compared to all other form of art. And
it is art that everybody can enjoy. Like any other art, cinema requires
a literary knowledge. Yet even without such knowledge one can enjoy
Following the preface, the writer focuses on different angles of
the film "Golu Hadawatha". Analysing and enjoying cinema
with regard to world cinema Chandana Silva comes to Lester James
Peries direction. This follows four more chapters on 'Director's
perspective', 'Cinematography, Editing and Music', 'Cinematic Experience'
and 'Critical Analysis and Opinions'.
Lester says that "Cinema is an analytical exposure to a chosen
theme where there is invocation for compassionate sensibility that
awakes an empathy. "it understands the enthusiasm that made
the director highlight human relationships in their given concept.
This reality may be an antithesis for the audience yet given a concept
it should involve the audience sympathy. Thus cinema is a thesis
on the strength of human relationships, its highs and lows and not
merely a form of entertainment". Reading 'Cinema Rasavindhana'
may be one form of developing this concept as mentioned by Dr. Lester
James Peries in the blurb on the back cover.