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Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show

Keeping a major part of Sri Lankan heritage and culture alive through frequent displays of the country’s traditional dances, the Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show has become a mainstay feature of the Hill Country capital. Showcasing the various types of traditional dances of the country that originated from the ancient kingdoms, be it for ceremonial purposes or acts of devotion to god, the Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show has become a central hub for entertainment with a cultural twist.

Best Known For

  • The Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show is famed for being the first cultural dance show of its kind to be established in Sri Lanka that showcase a variety of traditional dance techniques and performance, 12 to be specific. Topped off with a fiery display of fire walking, an ancient act of devotion to Kataragama Deviyo, the Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show certainly preserves an integral part of Sri Lankan culture and heritage.

Interesting Facts

  • The Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show was established in 1982 with the sole intention of preserving the traditional dances and performances of Sri Lanka, thus becoming the first cultural show of its kind to be established in the country.
  • The Sri Lankan arts, dance and cultural heritage show displays a total number of 12 traditional dances and performances that originate from various parts of the country.
  • The most notable being the Kandyan dance, a testament to the artistic repertoire of Sri Lanka’s society of old.
  • Only performed by individuals with the traditional Ves costume and who have perfected the vannam’s (stances of dance) of the ‘Ves Natuma’ (popularly known as Kandyan dancing), the ritualistic dance is performed under the rhythmic tunes of the ‘Geta Beraya’ (a traditional drum).
  • Another intriguing dance performance is the ‘Raksha Natuma’, a Sri Lankan mask dance stemming from the southern parts of the country.
  • The ‘Raksha Natuma’ was used to perform exorcisms and heal the sick during the thriving times of the ancient kingdoms.
  • Other notable dances and performances that are showcased by the Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show are the Magul Bera, Puja Natuma, Devol Natuma, Mayura Natuma, Pantheru Natuma, Lee Keli Natuma, Raban Natuma, Gini Sisila, Kulu Natuma and ultimately topped by the worship of Kataragama Deviyo (Guardian deity of Sri Lanka) by walking on hot coal. Certainly a fitting climax to an amazing display of culture and heritage.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Show hosts the traditional Sri Lankan dance shows daily at 5.00pm and it is highly advised that you book your seat beforehand, as seats are often sold out quite fast.
  • You could book your seats online or through phone. Do keep in mind that tickets can be paid by any MasterCard or VISA credit or debit card, making transactions all the more easier.
  • Photography is allowed for the one looking to capture some of the more unique moments of Sri Lankan culture.
  • Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the show begins, so as to avoid crowds rushing to their seats.

With the showcasing of such graceful pageantry, along with being the first culture show of its kind in the country, the Kandy Lake Club does not only provide entertainment to the masses, but also preserves an integral and unique part of Sri Lankan culture and heritage.

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