The first comprehensive documentary film for the modern pilgrim wishing to undertake a pilgrimage to Dambadiva – The Birth Land of the Buddha was recently released by Winson Films.
This documentary in DVD format covering all the Buddhist pilgrimage shrines in India and Nepal was released to coincide with the 2600th Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi 2011. A copy of the documentary was recently handed over to Mahanayake Thero of Asgiri Chapter of Sri Lanka Siam Maha Nikaye, Ven. Udugama Sri Rathanapala at Asgiri temple in Kandy
Scripted by Ven. Dr. Dodamgoda Rewatha Thera, General Secretary, the Mahabodhi Society of India, the screenplay, production and direction of this detailed documentary is by veteran filmmaker and teledrama producer Ranjith K. Perera.
The documentary features the most famous places of Buddhist pilgrimage such as Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Buddhagaya, Saranath, Rajagaha, Shravasti, Sankassa, Kosambi, Vaishali, Nalanda and Kusinara. This film titled ‘Dambadiva’ which is dubbed in Sinhala with voice rendered by Ajith Indrajee Wijesena and English dubbing voiced by veteran presenter Arun Dias Bandaranayake is to be dubbed in to several other foreign languages specially in the languages of Buddhist countries.
‘The documentary will showcase major and minor places associated with the life of the Lord Buddha with their subsequent history and a detailed and informative description of various monuments found in the respective place. With its useful, accurate and up-to date information, this film will become an essential guide for Buddhist pilgrims when they visit the sacred places in India and Nepal,” director Ranjith K. Perera said.
Winson Films lead by Ranjith Perera has earlier presented a series of documentary films on Sri Lanka’s Cultural sites, including UNESCO world Heritage sites under the titles ‘Fort City Alive- Galle’, ‘Golden Rock Temple- Dambulla’, ‘Mediaeval Capital City- Polonnaruwa’ and ‘Abode of the God King-Sigiriya’. In addition Ranjith also has produced Sri Lanka’s first ever travel directory on DVD format.