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Lankan dancers/drummers entertaining Singaporeans

The new year festival organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Singapore was highly delighted by the cultural dancing group of the National Youth Services Council - Sri Lanka.

At the invitation of the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Singapore Mrs. Jayathri Samarakoon a dancing group of 14 (male and female) dancers under the leadership of the dancing instructress Nadeera Chandimani Perera visited Singapore to grace the New Year Festival celebrations.

The cultural group consisted of 7 male and 7 female dancers. The Youth Dancing Group conducted 3 dancing tamashas in different places in Singapore and they performed their final tamasha at the new year festival held at Thomson City in the presence of Sri Lankans, Singaporeans and foreign tourist audience.

This variety show represented Udarata (Kandyan) Pahata rata (low country), Sabaragamu, Bharatha dancing styles. The dancing items like pooja, (Kandyan) Wadigapatuna Thelme. Ginisisila (low country), Mayura, Gajaga, Wes, (Kandyan), Mattra (Bharatha) and a drums symphony (Kandyan, Hewisi, Thammeta, Sak, Devolbera, Udekki and Horana) were included in the tamasha. The audience was highly rejoiced and applauded specially for Gini Sisila, Wadigapatuna, drums symphony and Malakkama.

The chief guest of the festival is the ambassador for Sri Lanka in Singapore Mrs. Jayathri Samarakoon.

The audience was highly amazed, appreciated, commended and marveled over the dancing acrobats of the Sri Lankan artist and dancing styles of Sri Lanka.

The group was in Singapore from April 16 to 20 as the guests of the ambassador. The Chairman and the Director General of the NYSC Bhaswara Senanka Gunaratne co-ordinated the program.

Pix & story by Wehelle Piyathilake Maharagama

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