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Traditional Sri Lankan Drums

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A professional teacher will take you through the basics of traditional drums, their uses in Sri Lankan culture and their place in history. Be familiarized with various types of drums, understand their differences, try your hand at playing them and even try on the drummer’s traditional headdress.

Experience Overview

The teacher lives less than 20 mins from Kandy town and is a descendant of a long line of traditional drummers. Drums have a long and distinct place in the history and culture of Sri Lanka. There are various drum types and styles of playing, depending on the occasion and this experience will allow you to try out different styles. Well-suited for children as it lets them experiment with different drums. The host will help with translations if you’d like to speak to the teacher at length over a cup of tea. The traditional headdress is wound from a long length of cloth, a complicated but beautiful process the teacher will help you with, so be sure to take your camera along for pictures.

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drumming lessons, tea

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

1.5 – 2 hours

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9 a.m. & 3 p.m

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Good for children:

Children highly encouraged

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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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