‘Aloko Udapadi’ The movie is a major milestone in Buddhist Timeline
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Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage.

In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri lanka), was troubled by power-hungry forces from within and from outside, which compelled him to abandon throne and flee with a hope of returning back to power. A severe drought and a subsequent famine assailed the land for twelve unbroken years. Buddhist Monks who perpetuated Lord Buddha's word by oral tradition, could not survive the harsh conditions. The monks were troubled both by the enemy and the famine. In these dark days, the loyal subjects protected their King.

Enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. Well armed, the King dealt a deadly blow and regained the rule and brought back the freedom the natives lost. In peace and prosperity, the monks facing the challenge wrote down the oral tradition. The Buddha's compassionate teaching became an irreducible component of the whole of human culture. It is a story of how a smaller nation arose together to face off the darkest days of the history of the land.

Sinhala film ‘Aloko Udapadi’ meaning ‘Light Arose’ depicts a major milestone in the Buddhist timeline.  It is a story of human effort to preserve the spiritual heritage of Buddhisim for future generations of mankind. This was stated by the Chathra Weeraman, Director of ‘Aloko Udapadi’. 

Briefing the media, the Director, said that the film is an epic tale about the leading Sri Lankan monks who recorded the sacred work of Buddha in writing, while the land was aflame with war and famine. Set against the background of the events that took place 2100 years ago and 454 years after the great demise of Lord Buddha, the story is based on the facts found in Mahavansha, the chronicle considered to be the documented history of Sri Lanka, rock inscriptions across Sri Lanka written by the monks of that era and folklores about the King Walagambha.  Sensing that Buddhism was in danger monks took to inscribing oral traditions on rocks.

Chathra Weeraman is Co-Founder & Lead VFX Artist at Autumn Lane Studio and is an independent filmmaker. He has over five years’ experience as a Director, 3D Generalist and a Digital Compositor, a driver for both technical as well as creative execution of a production.

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