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One should not miss Kandyan cultural dance performances while touring Kandy in Sri Lanka
The ticketed cultural shows are famous events which are even offered as a part sightseeing packages for the foreigners during their visit to Kandy in Sri Lanka.

The folk dances during these shows are the Sri Lankan folk-lore adapted dances which have prevailed from the history of the country. These shows depict the uniqueness of the Sri Lankan dance performances and the drummers as main music makers.

Some performances involve fire blowing and walking on the fire, I was informed by my kin currently visiting Kandy along with sending the picture of one of the performers.

According to visitors, the Kandyan cultural shows are stunning performances that keep you spell bound and are helpful in understanding the folklore, religious tenets and folk culture of Kandy natives. Some of the dance steps resemble Indian classical dances and have spread to other parts of Sri Lanka for stage shows and reality shows, I was told.

Many of these dances were originally performed by the natives who got recognised as a separate caste under the Kandyan feudal system and many of them got aligned to the famous Temple of the Tooth for religious festivals and ceremonies.

It is said that these dances in their classical form are still a significant role to play in the 'Dalada Perahera' or procession held each year by the sacred Buddhist temple that houses the holy relic.

The uddekki dance is a very prestigious performance done on the beats of a very difficult instrument since the dancer sings as he plays the instrument by tightening the strings to obtain variations of pitch. Another instrument called 'pantheruwa' is dedicated to the goddess Pattini. The instrument resembles a tambourine that is without the skin and has a number of small cymbals attached to it.

Often, the men dancers for many dances wear white cloth and white turban, beadwork decorations on their chest, a waistband, rows of beads around his neck, silver chains, anklets, and jingles

However, for stage performances for the tourists, the elaborately costumed professional dancers are engaged for Kandyan dances to attract and entertain them. These days tourism is seen as an industry and commercial activity leading to glamorisation of native dances throughout the world.

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