SLANA in step with our diverse dance forms
Celebrating diversity and dance, the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association calendar for 2007 has a message relevant to all Sri Lankans. In choosing the theme ‘Celebrating the Dances of the Peoples of Sri Lanka’, the Association well known for its pioneering work in fighting drug abuse in local communities, has chosen to spread a message of unity in diversity.
The pages of this attractive desk calendar which could no doubt adorn any office table or home are dedicated to Sri Lanka’s rich dance heritage. Be it the whirling fire of the Gini Sisila, the majestic beauty of the Ves, the traditional Kandyan dance or the classical grace of the Bharatha Natyam, there is a long heritage associated with each. A brief description on each page serves to enlighten us. Take the month of April: “The Sabaragamu takes pure dance movements from the traditional ritual of Gam Maduwa, performed to the deity Pattini to bring prosperity to the community and cure those suffering from ailments.”
The Kaffringha, dances of the Malays and a couple from neighbouring India like the Graba from Gujarat add colour, with Luxshmanan Nadaraja’s vivid photographs of vibrant young dancers, pupils of two well-known Sri Lankans Vasugy Jagatheeswaran and Ravibandhu.
The calendar is available at 282/8 Galle Rd, Colombo 3. Tel: 2573382.