Kandy is well renowned for Sri Lankan art and culture which stemmed from the heritage of Sri Lanka’s ancient Kandyan Kingdom. Therefore Kandyan dancing originated from the Nayakker rulers of that era when dancing became regular in the Royal Court. It plays an important role in the culture of Sri Lanka and is one of the most revered features of the Perahera even now. Adorned with jiggling anklets, intricate beads, jingling bangles, elaborate headgear and vibrant colourful flowing costumes, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic movements. Kandyan Dancing lives on as an extraordinary feature of Sri Lanka’s culture gaining recognition as the National dance of Sri Lanka while drummers walk beside them pounding out heart-thumping tribal rhythmic beats.
Although the Kandyan dance was originally initiated for men, women today perform it with such pomp and pageantry for they have created their own style of costume and moves. Kandyan dancing flourished from spreading beyond Kandy for which it was named and has generated many dance schools throughout the island and overseas.
Kandyan Dancing lives on as an extraordinary feature of Sri Lanka’s culture thereby gaining recognition as the National dance of Sri Lanka. Be sure to watch the Kandy Cultural show and get captivated through connecting your imaginative mind to their tribal roots and feel its pulse and rhythm.
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