“Galle Dialogue 2010”: Navy Band presents Cultural Show

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The Cultural Troupe and the Oriental Music Orchestra of the Sri Lanka Navy Band presented a cultural show at the banquet hosted for the participants of “Galle Dialogue 2010”. It was held at the “Cardamom Café” of the Light House Hotel on the evening of 06th August 2010. Minister of External Affairs Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Secretary to His Excellency the President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga was the Guest of Honour. Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe welcomed the guests.

The guests expressed great admiration for the show which was well presented depicting the cultural identity of the beautiful isle of Sri Lanka. They highly commended the performance of the SLN artistes who combined the rhythmic components of the Upcountry, Low country and Sabaragamuwa music and dancing traditions portraying the true identities of each tradition.

The show began with the song of devotion, “Buddhanubhavena”, performed in honour of the Goddess “Sarasvathi”, the Patron Goddess of Arts, whilst invoking the blessings of the Triple Gem of “Buddha”, “Dhamma” and “Sanga” along with those of Gods. It was followed by a mixed dancing performance which depicted the performers’ versatility in indigenous arts and craft. The song “Ranwan Dun Karalin Pasila” portrayed the beauty of the nature that gives sustenance to the agricultural life style of the Sri Lankans. The “Ves Dance”, performed to the accompaniment of Kandyan drummers, captured the audience’s hearts due to its characteristic traditional attire of the Kandyan dancer. The show ended with a fitting finale with the drum orchestra interwoven with the “Raban” dance which combined the beating a series of rhythms varying the sound and the balancing of drums where the dancers displayed their dexterity and skills.

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