Kohomba Yak Kankariya. Most of the Sinhala ritual dances have their legends called Uthpaththi Katha The Story behind the Kohomba Yak. Historypose of the Kandayn danceAccording to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which is also known . Kohomba Kankariya was first enacted in Sri Lanka during and , at Jayawardenapura, Kotte. The ritual of God Kohomba, which ought to have been.

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Kandyan dance

Thereafter, a fire is lit and the pot the dancers carried is dashed on the ground to do away with any malefic influences known as the evil eye. Incidentally Vijaya had been leading a wild existence from boyhood to adulthood, and his father, unable to reform him to his satisfaction, decided he had had enough. King of Malaya or Prince born out of a Flower having agreed, performed various rituals including. At the end of the Kohomba Kankariya, the dancer depicting an Elephant, is led away to break into a store.

They were aligned to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera procession held each year by the temple. The dance was propitiatory, never secular, and performed only by males. But there are other schools of thought; after the arrival of the King of the flower, he brought down four brothers and they assumed various comic guises, at which King Panduvasudeva laughed his wits out and he was said to have been cured.

These lyrics sing about the virtues of the animal kankzriya the Vanna is depicting. Traditional dance masters believe that originally the King Malaya the king of “Malaya rata” and his two brothers performed the first Kohomba Kankariya.


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May Learn how and when to remove this template message. The most common drum is the Geta Berayawhich is only used in Kandyan Dance. The vannam were inspired by nature, history, legend, folk religionfolk art, and sacred lore, and each is composed and interpreted in a certain mood rasaya or expression of sentiment.

It has now been revived and adapted for the stage, and is Sri Lanka’s primary cultural export. Rahu assumed the figure of a Wild boar, one kohomna the Avataras of Lord Vishnu and went to Malaya kankaryia of India, where the prince of flower lived. Please help improve this article if you can.

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Dances kanoariya Sri Lanka. To get rid of the Divi Dosa various rituals were performed without success. Uddekki dance Uddekki is a very prestigious dance. It has now been revived and adapted for the stage, and is Sri Lanka’s primary cultural export. The Kandyan Dance was adapted for the stage by Chitrasena Dias in the s.

After the performance of the Kohomba Kankariya the illness vanished, and many natives adopted the dance. The dance was propitiatory, never secular, and performed only by males.

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It an exclusively male dance unlike other Kandyan dance rituals where women play a major part. From that day kohmoba, the Kohomba Kankariya started in Sri Lanka. Leave this field empty. Kohomba Kankariya one of the most venerated and elaborate traditional dance rituals in Sri Lanka. However, the cost of Kohomba Kankariya is substantial. This even applies to males who have not performed at the ves mangalaya.


One day an angel who was the guardian of the parasol of the King informed the illness to Sakrathe King of Gods. Only toward the end of the 19th century were ves dancers first invited to perform outside the precincts of the Kankariya Temple at the annual Kandy Perahera festival. Kanoariya the person who takes the alms after its preparation is stung by a snake.

The blessings are expected to manifest only in the location that KK is enacted, so that if any others want such blessings, they too are compelled to enact KK in their own areas, thereby ensuring more people would make offerings to please the ‘Yakka’ devil separately for their well-being! The dance waned in popularity as the support for the dancers from the Kandyan kings ended during the British period. Legend goes on to say that Kuveni comes to Vijaya in the form of a Leopard and tries to kill him.

Legend says that if kankariyaa female wears the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or be ill. They believe that she had casted a charm over Vijaya to win him over, as well as his followers. In the original dance, it is said that King Malaya wore golden attire complete with 64 royal ornaments and finery of a Brahmin.