One would certainly be amazed to see the way a Kandyan dancer performs. The well-orchestrated movements combined with a subtle touch of acrobatic actions are a spectacle to watch. Read on to know more about Kandyan Dancing.
Legends say that this form of dance was brought to Sri Lanka from India as early as 512BC; the dance throughout the years went through many changes. It has now been adapted for stage and it has become an icon that represents the vibrant Sri Lankan culture.
The costume worn by the dancers are very unique and if you wouldn’t have seen anything like it. Dancers usually wear an elaborate costume that also includes a headdress. They also wear an anklet made out of metal which will produce a chime during their performances.
Specialized drums are known as the Geta Beraya and Tammettama are played during the dance performances. These drums help the dancers to keep rhythm. A small pair of cymbals is also used accompanied by songs that are sung by the dancers themselves.
Where and how can you see the dance?
You can see Kandyan dance performances during cultural events and traditional weddings. But the best place you can see it up close and personal is during a Perahera ideally the Kandy Esala Perahera. If you wish have planned your stay at a Kandy Hotel the likes of Earl’s Regent Kandy, there is a high chance you can see the dance performances by visiting the Dalada Maligawa.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+