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Leekeli Gee (Songs of the Stick Game)

These songs are sung during Leekeli dance, a popular dance in all parts of the country, particularly during festivals In which both male and female dancers participate. Each dancer has two sticks and the sound of the sticks striking each other together with those of the accompanying drums provide the rhythm for the dancers.

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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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