Who we are?
About Our Dances
The three main classical dances of Sri Lanka include:
01. The Kandyan dances of the Up Country
02. Pahatha Rata Natum which are low country dances of the southern plains
3. Sabaragamuwa dances (Sabaragamuwa Natum)
Dances of Sri Lanka: Culture, History
1. Kandyan Dances
SourceThe Kandyan dance form gets its name from the last royal capital of Sri Lanka- Kandy, which is today situated at a distance of 120km from the current capital- Colombo. This ancient dance style was developed during the reign of the Kandyan kings and is today known as the national dance of Sri Lanka.
This dance of Sri Lanka is usually a performance which is the narration of stories from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. The dancers impersonate the movements of different animals like elephants and peacocks. The dancers dance to the tune of the rhythm, which is known as ‘Gata Beraya’. The striking feature of the dance form is the beautiful costumes. For instance, the men can be seen wearing skirt-like dresses in which their chest is decorated with exclusive silver regalia and stunning headgear. They also wear silver bangles on their arms and ankles.