Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy

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Encompasses various dance forms native to the area called Kandy of the central hills region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country. The Kandyan Dance is traditionally performed to percussion only. The most common drum is the Geta Beraya, which is only used in Kandyan Dance. To assist the dancer to keep rhythm a small pair of cymbals known as the Thalampota is also used. The Vannam's however have lyrics that are sung in tune with the movements of the dancer. These lyrics sing about the virtues of the animal that the Vanna is depicting. The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress. The dancer's chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net. This costume is known as the Ves costume. The headdress incorporates a metallic front which makes the dancer look taller than he is. The complete costume also includes anklets that produce a metallic rattle each The headgear in the ves costume can only be worn by the males and can only be worn after a special ceremony called ves mangalaya in which the male dancer first wears the ves costume and dances. Legend says that if a female wears the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or be ill. This even applies to males who have not performed at the ves mangalaya. Males only perform at the ves mangalaya but females have a separate ceremony called Kalaveny mangalya.
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  • I enjoyed the dance show very much. The dancing was entertaining with added acrobatics made the show even more exciting. Its a good insight into the islands history of dance. Afterwards you go...  more »
  • The show was a mix of good and better acts. We liked the skill ofsome of the drummers and a couple of the dancres, especially. I understand that it's a traditional dance/show and that you can't...  more »
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  • I'm not a great lover of cultural dancing when I'm on holiday, but I really enjoyed this performance. Worth watching if you have the opportunity. Doesn't go on too long either, around 60-75 minutes. Good value at Rs1250.
  • Very nice show that exceeded my expectations. I can definitely recommend this show if you're into those kind of things. They go through 12 different dances with different beautiful outfits.
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