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Introduction to the Traditional Drums of Sri Lanka

Tradition of 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 uses of these drums, demonstrating drumming techniques and some Sri Lankan dancing.

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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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