One Academy; Two movements
Upcountry and Sabaragamuwa rhythms from Dinethra
TRADITIONAL DANCE: The Kandyan dance troupe of Dinethra Dancing
DANCE: Practises, practises and more practises. That is what the
of Dinethra Dance Academy, Kotikawattha, will be engaged in as
The academy hopes to present a concert of Up Country and Sabaragamuwa
dance presented by about 32 of its members.
All members of the academy are girls from schools in the Colombo
district like Ananda Balika, Museaus, Sangamittha, Dudley Senananayake,
Gothami Balika etc.
They are under the guidance of Deepthi Piyasekara, a dance teacher at
Ananda Balika, Maharagama, assisted by Chethani Pramudita and Erandi
‚ÄúWe are engaged in practises every Wednesday afternoon. Though we
have planned this event early, we started our practises last month. For
now we are engaged in two items. The teachers also expect to put some of
us into solo items.
There will be new dance items created to popular hits from veteran
artists Amaradeva, Sunil Edirisinghe and Edward Jayakody,‚ÄĚ explained
Amandi Methsila, 14, a member of the Kandyan dance troupe.
Mauhi Sithara, 15, is another member of Dinethra‚Äôs Kandyan dance
troupe. She says she chose Kandyan dancing because it is the main dance
form in Sri Lanka.
‚ÄúIt is one of the few things which we can call ours. It is something
unique to us and embodies the beauty of our dance
RARE TYPE OF DANCE: The Sabaragamuwa dance troupe at rehearsals
traditions,‚ÄĚ she said.
Similar to Mauhi, Nirodha Ashingsana, 15, too loves Kandyan dancing
because she believes that it is the main form of Sri Lankan dance.
‚ÄúOur classes does not go according to the syllabus but we learn many
new movements which will become a guide to our future in the field,
‚ÄúNirodha pointed out.
‚ÄúI have chosen Arts subjects for my Advanced Levels and one of my
main subjects is dancing. Therefore these classes are very beneficial to
According to Senuri Lashika, 14, the girls practise on holidays and
weekends when a competition approaches.
Senuri is the only child in the family.
She said her parents have been very pleased to know that she had
decided to take up dancing.
After the four girls of the Kandyan dance troupe departed, four more
performing Sabaragamuwa dance items took their place. What is so special
about this type of dance and what did you think of engaging in it?
Shanika Samarakoon, 18, said. ‚ÄúThis is not a very popular type of
dance. It differs from the Kandyan in the positions of the hands and
feet, the costume and music. You use the Gata Beraya for the Kandyan
dance and the Daula for the Sabaragamu dance.
The Kandyan dancer wears the Ves costume while the costume
recommended for the Sabaragamuwa dancer is similar to the attire of God
Saman. Since fewer people are engaged in this form of dance, I felt it
is possible to reach a high position in this field.‚ÄĚ
Ayoni Udeshika, 14, said she gains a sense of happiness by dancing to
her content. She also added that her personal belief is that dancing is
more beneficial than sports because it encourages students‚Äô hidden
‚ÄúIt is not impossible to divide your time between dancing and
studies. You need to work according to a timetable,‚ÄĚ she said.
Mimasha Sithumini, 13, is a student of Gothami Balika. She said she
had been engaged in dancing for five years. Apart from dancing, she
loves to listen to music and play badminton.
‚ÄúDancing reduces stress and is like a small break from studies. It
teaches us how to interact as a group and ethics like worshipping your
teachers,‚ÄĚ observed Sathya Ravindra, 10. Sahya is the youngest daughter
of Deepthi Piyasekara. Her elder sister, Uma Aseni Ravindra, sings the
Vannams for the dance items.
‚ÄúDinethra is a dance academy registered under the Cultural Ministry.
This will be our first show after being accepted officially as a dance
academy,‚ÄĚ Deepthi Piyasekara, the teacher of the academy expressed.
‚ÄúAll students are given equal training on Kandyan as well as
Sabaragamuwa dance. I pick members for each troupe by recognising which
dance form they show the most capability. Many students have won medals
at all island events and the ‚ÄėSri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance and
Pictures by Palitha Gunasena
Treat for Vakarai teens
VISIT: The Rotary Club of Colombo along with the Rotaract Club of
Colombo and Rotaract Club of Regent plus Interactors from St. Paul‚Äôs
Milagiriya ad Bishop‚Äôs College treated 50 children brought from the East
by the Army 23rd Division to a day in Colombo.
The children were taken to the Museum, the Zoo and to watch Spiderman
3 followed by dinner. At the end of the day the children were hard
pressed to say what had been the highlight of their day, with the votes
divided between the zoo and the movie.
The children though tired were very happy with their day in Colombo
and had mixed feelings about going back to their homes in Vakarai.
Antonian teens show their colours
RENAISSANCE 2007: Teens of St. Anthony‚Äôs College, Kandy will conduct
`Renaissance 2007‚Äô, an Educational Exhibition and Co-curricular Activity
Fair which brings out their strengths and talents.
The Science Society of St. Anthony‚Äôs College will present
`Renaissance 2007‚Äô expanding the frontiers of Scientific Exploration.
The event is organised to commemorate the 153 College Day. The proceeds
of this event will be invested in restructuring the Colllege‚Äôs Chemistry
and Biology laboratories.
The exhibition will bring to light an array of exhibits in science
and technology and other areas of education.
It will also bring together a variety of organisations both from the
Government and non-Government sector such as University of Peradeniya,
Technical Colleges and Sri Lanka Army. Another significant feature of
the exhibition is the participation of other schools in Kandy.
Antonians have invited several schools in the Kandy District to share
the knowledge and experience of this event.
This exhibition accompanies with it a series of competitions
organised to enhance the scientific and artistic talents of the young
Antonians. The exhibition which commenced on June 14 ends today.