The Kandyan Dance and Drum Show performed at the Kandy Lake Club will treat you to a culturally stimulating evening of dance and music. It is a show that celebrates the traditional arts established long ago during the heyday of the Kandyan Kingdom and the performances on display here are sure to leave you mesmerised.
Sri Lanka’s central highlands – and more specifically Kandy – enjoy a rich and storied history, one which is distinct in quite a few aspects from what is seen in the lowlands. Kandyan style dancing is among the most distinctive features associated with the culture. It is an age-old traditional art form that can be a treat to watch when performed – and that’s exactly what you can do during your visit to Kandy.
The Kandy Lak Dance Club was established in 1982 with the hopes to showcase all the unique forms of dance native to Sri Lanka. At the time, it was the only such cultural show found on the island and has acted as a beacon for tourists and travellers that are eager to immerse themselves in Sri Lanka’s rich culture.
There’s quite a variety of performances to be enjoyed at the show itself. Most of these are generally performed during local celebrations and festivities with the drums, costumes and drumming style being unique to certain areas of the island. Performances include the depiction of the majestic walk of the elephant, the colourful showcase of the peacock and the mystical movements of the cobra. Certain performances also incorporate traditional Sri Lankan masks – these add allure and intrigue to all the theatrics. Certain acts incorporate dancing with wild spouts of flame blowing in the background – a visual that’s sure to get the blood pumping.
Ultimately, a visit to the Kandy Lake Club can leave you with some unique visuals that will stick with you for years to come. Performances take place every weekend from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!