An evening of Contemporary Folk and Traditional Dance
A captivating dance scene presented by the students of Rivega
It was a dazzling evening and occasion when Rivega Dance Studio in
association with Nelung Arts Centre presented Dance Sri Lanka Natmo
I noticed that the crowd was restless and even after the show began.
People were chatting and using their cell phones. However the presence
of the performers changed all this and the audience settled down to
enjoy the show.
The costumes were splendid one may say and the performance was
riveting. It was an evening of the very best of Sri Lankan talent. The
precision and accuracy of the movements were testimony to long hours of
The dedication and commitment of the performers showed in their
performance . The enjoyment and pleasure they took in their craft hit
the audience in tangible waves.
Credit must go to the performers of Heart Beat/drum orchestra for
their violent infusion of rock and something undefinable. This
undefinable quality was rapturous. It was a fine example of the audience
being hit by waves of emotion.
One must also mention the elegance and dignity of the other
performers, especially the female performers who coupled with their
beautiful faces were very professional and a pleasure to watch.
Senpathiyo is another dance that stands out. It was a male dance
combining ancient fighting and up country dance style. The artistic use
of canes was interesting to watch. Again the precision and accuracy as a
moment of carelessness could be injurious.
All in all it was an evening well spent . A satisfactory evening for
a patron of the arts. The appreciation of the crowd was visible. So many
stayed back to shake the hands of Rangika to exchange words with the
The Rivega Dance Studio was started by Rangika and his twin brother
Rangana in 2001 while both were still in school. As I read the brochure
handed to me I saw a quote by Martha Graham (Pioneer American Modern
Dance). “Art crosses all borders Dance is the hidden language of the
soul”. I feel that this quote reflects Rangika’s pursuits. Rangika is a
gifted dancer, choreographer and designer. The success of the event is
largely due to this talented individual. Those who flocked around him
can only guess as to what great things this 28 year old youth will do.
“Personal experience has shown us that although there have been many
difficulties and disappointments to overcome we are happy to dance” -
Rangika and Rangana (brochure)