Cultural Dances

Cultural Dances

Traditional dances are categorized in to 3 major segments. These dances are categories based on geographic location highlighting the diversification of the tiny island. All 3 versions are highly ritualistic and has deep roots embedded primarily in the Sinhalese / Buddhist community. Kandyan Dance (Uda Rata) is performed at auspicious events. Weddings, opening ceremonies or even at international events hosted in Sri Lanka. During your tour - you are highly likely to witness this acrobatic-filled dance performance. Kandy Cultural Centre operates 2 shows daily in the evening to facilitate those who wish to enjoy a sit-down performance. Low Country Dance (Pahata Rata) is performed as a spiritual activity mainly to rid ones of aliment. With 18 sub dances related to low country dance to exorcise 18 different types of diseases from the human body, this dance is the most elaborate of the 3 major categories. Mainly conducted in private due to the nature of the dance, it is possible to make arrangements for a full performance. Dancers wear vibrantly colored masks accompanied by percussions to ward off evil spirits. Marks represent several animals including reptiles and folklore demons.

Popular Venue:
Kandy

This activity is suitable for:
All Age Groups