This is a stylised absurd drama depictng the Sri Lankan so- cio politcal environment (parliamentary system) and the way the people are addicted to and deceived by the system. Drama uses symbols to portray elements of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. It signifes the stereotyped exploitaton of the poor by the partes coming into power tme to tme. SEKKUWA is Parakrama Niriella’s frst play writen and directed by him and also bagged 06 awards including the Best Script at the state drama festval in 1976.
‘Sokari’ and ‘Kolam’ folk drama traditons were associated in SEKKUWA. This is also a symbolized drama. ‘Pooraka’ (Narrator) is the link of contnuous fow of the drama similar to the ‘Sokari’ traditon and acts as the Sekkuwa too.
A fertle land belonging to a man is forcibly confscated by a powerful man (the lord). The man walks aimlessly to fnd another fertle land. He encounters the Lord again. The Lord takes him to his estate and gets him to operate his SEKKUWA (Oil Press). The man shoulders the yoke and start walking round and round rotatng the oil press. He toils and the Lord gets the oil. The Lord’s oil business thrives. Without realizing he is being exploited the man gets used to the stereotyped life of rotatng the SEKKUWA. The Lord convinces this circling is beter than walking aimlessly. The man accepts it and contnues his routne. When he gets tred he appeals the lord for help. The Lord provides him with a bull. Man tes the yoke to the bull and walks round and round afer the bull. The bull gets lazy and cheats. The man pleads for help. Lord gives another bull. New bull pulls the yoke with vigour bur becomes lazy later on. The man replaces the old bull with the new bull. Ultmately he has to te both bulls to the yoke. This way the man contnues to circle without looking for a way to get away from a system which has made him a virtual slave. It is amazing to witness how
This dramatst had forecasted the history and politcs of the future nowadays in his play staged in the year 1976.