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Pahatha Rata Beraya (Low Country Drum)

Also referred to as the “Yak Beraya”, it is a double-headed, barrel-shaped drum, that is played by both hands. This drum is referred to by many names among which are the Ruhunu Bera, Devol Bera and Ghoskaya. This drum normally accompanies the dancers from the low country, especially the mask dancing connected with rituals and the folk play Kolam.

The drum is turned out of wood taken from the Kohomba (Margosa), Ehela (Golden Shower), Kitul (Fishtail Palm) or Milla trees. This is a cylindrical drum, fairly long and is played on both sides with hands. The openings on the two sides of the drum are covered with the stomach lining of a cow. The strings used to tighten the sides are from cattle skin. A student has 12 elementary exercises to learn to
play this drum.

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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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