The dance in its traditional form is still performed each year at the Dalada Perhahera in Kandy. Legend says that if a female wears the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or be ill. Ancient Sinhala texts refer to a considerable number of vannam that were only sung; later they were adapted to solo dances, each expressing a dominant idea. The dance is said to have originated in the days of Prince Siddhartha, who became Buddha. The word vannam comes from the Sinhala word varnana ‘descriptive praise’. Another form of twin Drums called Tammettama  used with cane drum sticks.
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Ancient Sinhala texts refer to a considerable number of vannam that were only sung; later they were adapted to solo dances, each expressing a dominant idea. Legend says that if a female wears the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or be ill.
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Articles needing cleanup from May All pages needing cleanup Cleanup tagged articles without a reason field from May Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from May Articles lacking in-text citations from July All articles lacking in-text citations Commons category link from Wikidata. The elaborate ves costume, particularly the headgear, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity Kohomba.
Today the elaborately costumed ves dancer epitomizes Kandyan dance, which highlights Sri Lanka’s culture. The Kandyan Dance is traditionally performed to percussion only. It is a very difficult instruments to play.
The headdress incorporates a metallic front which makes the dancer look taller than he is. After the performance of the Kohomba kankariya the illness vanished, and many natives adopted the dance. Ves dance, the most popular, originated from an ancient purification ritual, the Kohomba yakuma or Kohomba kankariya.
Traditionally a dancer would have to learn to perform all of these vannam before they would be gifted the ves costume. The gods were believed to use this instrument to celebrate victories in war, and Sinhala kings employed pantheru dancers to celebrate victories in the battlefield. Another form of twin Drums called Tammettama  used with cane drum sticks. The complete costume also includes anklets that produce a metallic rattle each.
Architecture Portuguese buildings Music Baila. Please help improve this article if you can. In this kavikara maduwa a decorated dance arena there were song and poetry contests. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. The dancer’s chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net.
The most common drum is the Geta Berayawhich is only used in Kandyan Dance. The Kandyan Dance was adapted for the stage by Chitrasena Dias in the s. Males only perform at the ves mangalaya but females have a separate ceremony called Kala Eli mangalya. The dance in its traditional form is still performed each year at the Dalada Perhahera in Kandy.
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However, there is no definite Ves costume for women, and many female dancers have adapted the male costume in different ways. Later dancers have used the vannam as a background song for their performance.
Culture Architecture Portuguese buildings Music Baila. Burgher people Dutch Malays. It resembles a tambourine without the skin and has small cymbals attached at intervals around its circumference.
History reveals that the Kandyan king Sri Weeraparakrama Narendrasinghe gave considerable encouragement to dance and music. Portuguese captains Portuguese captain-majors Portuguese governors.
Most vannam describe the behaviour of animals such as elephants, monkeys, rabbits, peacock, cocks, serpents etc. The uddekki dance is a very prestigious performance.
It is said that the kavi poetry sung to music for the eighteen principal vannam were composed by an old sage named Ganithalankara, with the help of a Buddhist priest from the Kandy temple.
Traditional and ritual Kandyan dance is still taught in some village dance schools like Madyama Lanka Nritya Mandalaya, Tittapajjala kalayatanaya in Kandy area. Dances of Sri Lanka. The pantheruwa is an instrument dedicated to the goddess Pattini.