Towards a headless society

1/28/09


Running a TV or Radio channel is different than running a grocery. Unfortunately, most of the upcoming Sri Lankan media people don’t realize it. Problem is not with them, but with the background they were brought up. 

In 1980’s, late Mr. J.R Jayawardena told in public, “Literature is useless!” His henchmen beat Late Prof. Sarathchandra. J.R removed literature and history from school subject curriculums. He tried his best to have a headless society so that his “blue blooded” community could dominate them easily…could sell anything for dollars.. If J.R was live, he should be the happiest man in the country ….because these TV / Radio channels work for such a deform society! 

These media institutes themselves don’t have a vision rather than generating profits. Most of the presenters in such channels don’t even know the language or sometimes common sense. TV/Radio presenter is the only job in Sri Lanka that doesn’t need any pre-qualification. 

History shows that, a nation with a strong culture and honor for people can’t be defeated. 

Most of the people work for cheap TV/Radio channels doesn’t realize what sort of harm they do to their mother nation.

Devil’s Staircase.

1/20/09



Driving up to Horton Plains through Devil’s Staircase is fun and adventurous. Of course you need to be extra careful with the condition of your 4WD, yet it is worth making a try.

Actually, Devil’s staircase is the very narrow and hilly path from Bambarakanda, the highest water fall in Sri Lanka to Horton Plains. This path covers very beautiful pathway through misty mountains of Sri Lanka.

As we did, it is so cool to divide the journey to two days (parts). First day, you can reach the Bambarakanda and enjoy the water fall and surrounding.

The nicest part is, you can spend the night in a small homely resort called “Bambarakanda Garden Resort” which is managed by Mrs. Sera Mayakaduwa, (Tel: 0575670457). Even though, you can’t expect a long list of dishes as in a traditional hotel, you can simply ask for a very nice lunch/Dinner as you wish. Mrs.Mayakaduwa’s family is so kind and, will share you their knowledge about the area too.

Second day is the hardest and gives you more fun. Explore the area, enjoy the environment and have fun, but drive carefully. All the best!

Below link gives more accurate advices for the expedition.
http://www.lakdasun.com/trails/trail_03.htm

Below are some of the memorable photos from our journey, captured by Roshan Kumara.



























BARAKA – the tragic of civilization ?

1/5/09



BARAKA is an experimental film directed by Ron Fricke and released in 1992. There are no actors; it contains the real scenes captured from 152 (24 countries) locations. There is no traditional story, instead it tells the story of man-kind, its rhythm and tragic through the integration of the scenes in an artistic array. 

Music is very strongly used to stress the image given through the motion of the picture. First, it lines up some scenes from nature, tribal habits different cultures in different parts of the world showing us the equalities and beauty. While proceeding through the film it shows how our civilization became cruel and how our lives become machineries. This line-up is excellent. It makes us re-think about our common fate in this modern society. 

This is a different experience. 

I heard, the next film in the same kind is yet to be released this year, which is called Samsara. 

 
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