Kandyan Dance - Sri Lanka

Kandyan DanceKandyan Dance in Sri Lanka mainly originated in Kandy. This dance form became popular during the rule of the Kandyan kings in Sri Lanka and has been recognized as the national dance of the country. The performances are arranged based on stories of different rulers. It also depicts scenes from the epic Ramayana. Kandyan Dance can be divided into 4 main categories Ves, Naiyaki, Pantheru and Uddekki. The 18 vannamas of this dance form represent movements of animals through dance steps.
The costumes used by the performers for Kandyan Dance are very striking. Decorative head gear is also worn by the performers during the dance. They also wear silver angles as part of the costume. A Kandyan Dance is generally accompanied by a drum which is known as Geta Beraya. Thalampota or a kind of cymbals is also played to accompany the dance. Originally the Kandyan Dance in Sri Lanka allowed only male dancers to participate. But later different schools also started training women dancers.
Among Kandyan Dance the Ves dance is the most popular one. This dance form has originated from an ancient ritual known as Kohomba Yakuma. The Uddekki dance has derived its name after a small hand drum of the same name. It is believed that this drum has been given by the gods. During the performance, the dancers sing as they play the drum.
Pantheru dance is performed in accompaniment of an instrument known as the pantheruwa. According to mythologies it is believed that this musical instrument was played when gods won any battles. Sinhala kings also patronized Pantheru dance to celebrate their victories in war. Naiyandi dance is performed just before Kohomba Kankariya festival starts. The performers for this dance dress in beautifully decorated costumes.

08:53 AM Friday December 21nd, 2012


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