The National Trust of Sri Lanka’s 17th monthly lecture will be on March 25 at the Barefoot Gallery at 6.30 p.m. when Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam will speak on the “Traditional Dances of Sri Lanka”.
The lecture will be illustrated by some demonstrations of traditional dance in Sri Lanka.
Prof. Kariyawasam, an alumni of the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and University of London worked closely with Prof. E.R. Sarachchandra and Prof. Gananath Obeysekere as a student, conducting field and academic research covering traditional rituals and other dance practices of Sinhala society.
Prof. Kariyawasam has lectured in Sinhala Literature and Performing Arts at Peradeniya and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura as well having been the Senior Professor of Sinhala at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
He is also the author of a number of books and research papers on the performing arts.
The National Trust - Sri Lanka was founded to protect and raise awareness of the tangible and intangible heritage of the island which is not protected by any state institution.
In addition to the monthly lectures, the Trust also publishes a series of limited edition books on the various aspects of Sri Lanka's heritage and conducts quarterly tours to heritage sites in the country.