wonder of folk dancing
By Sachie Fernando
Their voices are piercing. Their moves
are astounding. Their sounds express not just melodies but also
emotions. Their performance is brilliant. And so, the “Samaranga”
dance troupe has got the honour of representing Sri Lanka at the
third Folklorida 2004, in Hungary. And that’s not all. The
cluster will also travel to Switzerland for the 30th Folklore International
20-member troupe comprises students from Musaeus College, Carey
College and St. Peter’s College. This mixture of girls and
boys adds both vigour and beauty to the performance at the same
time. According to Mrs. Visha de Silva, the initiator for Musaeus
College, the mix of gender enhances the project. The boys from Carey
College are lead by Mr. Ranjith Priyanga, while Mr. Upul Algama
guides the Peterites.
festival in Hungary is organised by the C.I.O.F.F (Conseil International
des Organs de Festivals de Folklore), which takes place once in
four years. This festival brings together the talent of the young
from more than 73 countries together. There they will learn from
and inspire each other. The intention of this event is not to compete
but to awaken the spirit of these performers.
practice sessions take place at the Musaeus College or Carey College
dancing halls three times a week. “Actually the girls are
very concerned about being present for the practices regularly,”
said Mrs. de Silva explaining that they have understood their responsibilities
and duties in the process of representing their country in a foreign
main event is on August 12 so the “Samaranga” troop
will leave on August 11. There they will join in the celebrations
at the opening ceremony representing the spirit of Sri Lanka through
dance among thousands of folk dance lovers around the world. In
the opening ceremony the “Samaranga” group will perform
a three-minute item, which showcases all their activities planned
for the festival. This will be repeated in the closing ceremony
too. So the world will remember with fascination the diversity of
the Sri Lankan traditional folk dances.
troupe will also take on a one-hour programme, which will include
all the different aspects of our traditional dances. The boys will
be giving life to the items such as Ginissisila, Vess, Nagaraksha
and Anabera Kolama, while the girls will perform the Puja, Kulu,
Devol and Thedalu. The raban and lee items will see both the girls
and boys perform in unison, which they hope will add more novelty
and liveliness to their programme.
cluster will also gather in the city of Veszpre’m (August
17 – 20). Here the “Samaranga” group will share
their talents with nine other countries. “This will be a great
experience for the students,” said Mrs. de Silva.
group will leave Hungary on August 23 to be a part of the Folklore
International Festival in Switzerland. “This was initiated
by the Sri Lankan ambassador in Switzerland,” said Mrs de
Silva. Only 10 countries will take part in this festival.
“Samaranga” troupe will continue the same programme
they hope to perform in Hungary enhanced with new thoughts and fresh
minds. So here we have it, a bunch of talented young dancers making
their way in the world of dance!