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Exclusive traditional dance performance

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According to the legend, the origins of Kandyan dance lies in an exorcism ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which was originally performed by Indian shamans who came to the island, from which the locals adopted the dance. It was originally performed by dancers who were identified as a separate caste under the Kandyan Fudel system, they were aligned to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera (procession) held each year by the temple. The dance waned in popularity as the support for the dancers from the Kandyan kings ended during the British period. It has now been revived and adapted for the stage, and is Sri Lanka’s primary cultural export.

Experience Overview

This exclusive experience takes place in the privacy of your hotel restaurant over dinner, allowing a unique chance to see these dances with no crowds and optimal photo opportunities. Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance and the Ginisila (showing power over fire). The entire frenetic and colorful spectacle climaxes with an amazing fire-walking act. The dancers wear elaborate costume including a headdress, their chests only covered by a decorative beaded net. The Kandyan Dance is traditionally performed to percussion only, the most common drum is the ‘Geta Beraya’. To assist the dancer to keep rhythm a small pair of cymbals is also used. The drummers also have lyrics that are sung in tune with the movements of the dancer.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

The dance performance

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

1 hour.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy

Suitable for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes, children will love the dance and drumming

Private or not? - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is private

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

A camera

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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