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.
released 28 September 2011
Drum Beats Created & Directed by: Piyasara Shilpadhipathi
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....more