Thala 2012 – A great experience!
Dancing is one of the many great talents that we can show off about Sri Lankan culture. Foreigners can learn a lot about our culture from our traditional dances. For example, the ‘Gajaga Vannama’, which shows the victorious and
graceful behaviour of elephants, shows that elephants are famous in Sri Lanka. Also, another good example is the dance – ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, which was performed at the ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony by the Channa Upuli dancing troupe.
That dance shows the various traditions of dancing in different parts of Sri Lanka.Recently, the Channa Upuli dancing troupe presented ‘Thala 2012’ at the Nelum Pokuna theatre.
Since I am quite interested in dancing, I was very happy to watch such an exciting live concert in South Asia’s biggest performing arts theatre!We witnessed many different dances from Sri Lanka, and also some unique drummers with various kinds of drums. The drums had a lively beat and they added more beauty to the dances.
Some of these drums were magul beraya, thammattama and davula. The dancers looked magnificent as they danced with all their hearts.
They had dazzling costumes and some of them did some breath-taking moves.The Nelum Pokuna theatre had some special effects which made us gasp with wonder. In the first dance item, the stage lifted in many layers and dancers came from above on ropes.
As I had never seen anything like that for real, except on television, it was all so magical! I am really happy and proud that Sri Lanka has a theatre with all the modern facilities.
Although we were not allowed to take photos, this memorable event will be in my mind forever.
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