Kandyan dancing originated as an all night ceremony in honour of the god Kohomba. We went to watch some at the Kandy cultural centre.
It has 5 main types of dancing:
1. Ves, in honour of kohomba, it involves lots of backflips.
2.Pantheru, they use small tambourines called pantheru.
3.Udekki, they use small drums whilst dancing.
4.Naiyandi, male dancers wear jangly chest plates.
5.vannam, it describes emotions or objects in nature like animals and plants.
All of the dances are accompanied with drummers.
We also watched some fire dancers who walked over burning coal!!