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Geta Beraya (Kandyan Drum)

Also referred to as the Kandyan Drum, this is a double-headed, barrel-shaped drum played by hand. This is the main drum used to accompany dancers in the Kandyan or the Hill Country tradition. This drum is turned out of wood from the Ehela (Golden Shower), Kohomba (Margosa) or Koss (Jack) tree. The drum tapers towards the ends on the right side, the opening is covered with the skin of a monkey while the opening on the other side is covered with cattle skin.

The strings that are used to tighten the sides are from a deer skin. A student who begins his training in use of the Gete Bera has to practise 12 elementary exercises.

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from Rhythms of Sri Lankan Drums & Folk Songs, released September 28, 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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