Lankan Kandyan dance troupe to perform on Oct 20

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Bangalore, Oct 18 (UNI) A dance troupe from Sri Lanka would perform the Kandyan dance in the city on October 20.

The programme, along with a public concert on 'Tibetan Buddhist Chants', is being organised by Tibet House and World Buddhist Cultural Trust, New Delhi, according to a release here today.

A group of five Tibetan monks from Drepung and Sera Monasteries would demonstrate chanting from ''Yamantaka Sadhana'' and ''Mahakala''rituals of Tibetan tradition. They would also chant the ''Shunyata'' from 'Yamantaka Sadhana' and 'Kangso', with cymbals, drum and long horn.

The Kandyan dance troupe, led by Y G Rupathunga, recipient of Sri Lanka's prestigious Presidential award, would be specially flown here to give the performance.

Kandyan dance is a style of classical dancing that flourished under the patronage of rulers of the Kingdom of Kandy (1597-1815) in central Sri Lanka. It had four distinct varieties - Pantheru, Naiyadi, Udekki and Ves - besides 18 ''vannamas'' (dance enactment).

The movements and postures of Kandyan dance bear similarity to the Indian Dance form of ''Kathakali''.

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