Sokari

Definition

Theater

  • One of Sri Lanka's oldest forms of theater, performed afterthe Sinhalese New Year as an offering to the goddess Pattini. Thesexual symbolism of the drama links it with earlier fertility celebrations.The all-night presentations are given in the open air; the performers,male peasants wearing masks, use dance and mime to depict the actionsdescribed in song.

    Though the story differs slightly in the various villages,the basic plot involves the Indian Guru Hami and his wife, Sokari,who sail to Sri Lanka with their servant, Paraya, and are caught upin a series of humorous adventures. Sokari, young and beautiful, becomesinvolved with a local doctor and at the end of the play has a child.

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