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Rhythms of Sri Lankan Drums & Folk Songs

by Piyasara and Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi

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SRI LANKAN DRUMS:

Tradition of drums (Bera=Drums) in Sri Lanka is believed to go as far back as 2,500 years, reference to which are found in some of the classical literature as Poojawaliya, Thupavansaya and Dalada Siritha.

Although there had been about 33 types of drums, today we find only about 10 and the rest are confined only to names.

Piyasara Shilpadhipathi explains the use of these drums, demonstrating drumming techniques and some Sri Lankan dancing.

SRI LANKAN FOLK SONGS:

Sri Lanka folk songs, called “Kavi”, originated as a way to pass time for the individual groups as they engaged in their work. In olden days Sinhala villagers when they toiled in the paddy field, worked in plumbago mines, rowed boats, drove bullock carts, had a sweet song on their lips. There are also the lullabies used in inducing children to sleep. Kavi also accompany folk rituals.

Folk songs comprise the loveliest poetry to be found in the Sinhala language, which were spontaneous feelings arising in simple minds of the people. Sweetest songs are those that speak of sad thoughts, for it was sorrow that produced great poetry.

Though the folk songs of the Sinhalese can still be heard in the remote villages, today, these songs are mostly sung as a form of cultural expression at festivals and occasionally for rituals. These melodious songs make the New Year celebrations lively. Kanthi Shilpadhipathi with her vibrant voice presents some of these songs.

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released 28 September 2011

 
Drum Beats Created & Directed by: Piyasara Shilpadhipathi

Associates: Sumedha Shilpadhipathi, Karunaratna Bandara, Sumathipala Shilpadhipathi, Ravindranath Muthugala

Folk Songs Creation & Vocal: Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi

Rhythm Created & Interpreted by: Piyasara Shilpadhipathi

Chorus: Kolithabanu Dissanayake, Vijitha Anupriya Fonseka, Chiltus Dayawansa, Janet Bernadette Fonseka, Mallika Jayanti

Music Directed by: Kolithabanu Dissanayake

Introduced by: Arun Dias Bandaranayake

From: Singlanka Album CD of SLCD 200025

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Piyasara and Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi Sri Lanka

Piyasara Shilpadhipathi, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Performing Arts, Colombo, is a brilliant exponent of Sri Lankan traditional drum and dance music which he tries to link with modern styles. He has also lectured at the Royal College of Music.

He and his wife, Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi, a talented dancer and a folk singer, have delighted audiences in more than 30 countries.
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Track Name: SRI LANKAN FOLK SONGS : Asking for Permission to Sing (Opening Song)
පවර උතුම් අපෙ දෙමාපියන් හට
වැන්දෙමි පලමුව සිරස නමා...//

ඉවර නොවන තද දුක් උසුලා මට
ශිල්ප පුහුනු කල ගුරු උතුමා...//

නොහැර වඳිමි හැඩ ගුරුකම අධිපති
මිහිකත සුරපුර දෙවිඳුතුමා...//

ලහිරු මඩලවන් ශිල්පෙට අධිපති
දෙවිඳුට වැන්දෙමි සිරස නමා..//

Pawara Uthum Ape Demapiyan Hata
Vendemi Palamuwa Sirasa Nama...//

Iwara Nowana Tada Duk Usula Mata
Shilpa Puhunu Kala Guru Uthuma...//

Nohera Vandimi Heda Gurukama Adipathi
Mihikatha Surapura Devinduthuma...//

Lahiru Madalawan Shilpeta Adipathi
Devinduta Vendemi Sirasa Nama..//