Sri Lankan dance is an old form of expression. Sri Lanka has three distinct dance traditions: the Up-country tradition, the Low-country tradition, and the Sabaragamuwa tradition. It is just the Sabaragamuwa dancing tradition that has remained intact over the centuries. Sabaragamuwa dance tradition is a key attraction at a number of cultural and traditional events around the country. The Perahera, Yaktovil, Kirimadu, Pahanmadu, and Gammadu are some of the tribes.
The dance form known as Sabaragamuwa is so called because it started in the province of Sabaragamuwa in Sri Lanka. In terms of the Sabaragamuwa dance, there are four distinct geographical divisions. Rathnapura, Kalawana, Balangoda, and Badulla divisions are the ones in question. At Sri Lanka, the Sabaragamuwa dance is traditionally performed in Rathnapura, which has a long history of celebration. In the Sabaragamuwa style, there are 32 primary dances to learn. Unique characteristics of the Sabaragamuwa dance tradition include hand and foot forms, musical instruments and styles of play, singing style, and customs that are distinct from other dance traditions.
Once upon a time, the Kegalle area was a province of the Kandyan Kingdom. Kandyan dance is still commonly practiced in this region by the locals.
The Sabaragamuwa tradition is distinguished by its own particular costumes, songs, chants, drums, and rhythms, all of which are unique to the tradition. The Dawula is the primary musical instrument. The Dawula in the Sabaragamuwa area is somewhat bigger than the Dawula of the Udarata region, which is slightly smaller. The ‘Mandiya’ is a stance that is often employed in this dancing style.
Sri Lankan dance is an old form of expression. Sri Lanka has three distinct dance traditions: Up-country, Low-country, and Sabaragamuwa. Unique characteristics include hand and foot forms, musical instruments and styles of play, singing style, and customs.
Shanthikarma rituals are also performed in the Sabaragamuwa area. ‘Pahan Madu Shanthikarma’ is the principal Shanthikarmaya at the Sabaragamuwa dance technique, and it is also known as ‘Pahan Madu Shanthikarma’. Performing the Madu Shanthikarma is a way of begging the gods for their compassion, bringing good into one’s life, and for a worthy purpose. The most important dressing set is referred to as the “Sabaragamuwa dressings” or the “Saman Devi Andum Kattalaya.” The Shanthikarma of the Sabaragamuwa dance tradition may be divided into three categories based on their appearance.
# Yak Thovil
# Deva Thovil
# Graha Bali Yaga (Bali Goddess of Mercy)
The Daha Ata Sanniya is a sort of Thovil performed in the Sabaragamuwa region that is unique to that area. It is thought that this Thovil is conducted in order to please one or more of the 18 Sanni Yakku, which are considered to be the root causes of different ailments and health issues in the world. Some of the other Yak Thovil are the Mahason Samayama, Gopalu Samayama, Kumara Samayama, and the Suniyam Yagaya, to name a few.
Invoking the blessings of deities such as the deity Katharagama, Dedimunda, Vishnu, Ishwara, and the Goddess Paththini are accomplished via the Shanthikarma practice of the Deva Thovil rituals.
The Mal Bali, Thira Bali, and Balagraha Bali are the three primary rituals that make up the graham Bali Yaga, and they are performed in that order. Bala Shanthiakrma is related with the science of astrology.
This Shanthikarma is one of the most important in the Sabaragamuwa area since it is the principal ritual conducted to commemorate and adore the goddess Paththini. It is also one of the most important Shanthikarmas in the world. Shanthikarma such as ‘Kiri Maduwa’ is another well-known practice in this area. This dance has been done in order to bring good fortune.
Traditionally, male-dominated Sabaragamuwa dances were performed by members of the higher classes, and they are still performed today. The colors white and red have been the most often utilized for costumes.
The Sabaragamuwa dance is distinguished by a number of distinctive features. It is what they have carried with them from the past. People hold such items in high regard.
Image Credits: kiptra.com
WHERE TO STAY
For those planning a trip to Sabaragamuwa Province [Kegalle & Ratnapura], we recommend booking your accommodations through our partner ” Booking.com,” which allows us to earn a portion of the revenue generated by your booking which enable us to create high-quality content like this. Even if you are unwilling to do so, you can still enjoy the article and learn something you may not have known before.