Sri Lanka, is known for its regional diversity. Sri Lankan culture has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India. The Country has a rich artistic tradition in Visual Art, Music and dancing. Sr Lanka is home to a variety of dance styles including classical, folk and dance drama.

There are three main styles of Sri Lankan classical dance:

  • The Kandyan dances of the Hill Country, known as Uda Rata Natum;
  • The low country dances of the southern plains, known as Pahatha Rata Natum;
  • Sabaragamuwa dances, or Sabaragamuwa Natum.

Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. And they are inspired with the royalty.

The three classical dance forms differ in their styles of body-movements and gestures, in the costumes worn by the performers, and in the shape and size of the drums used to provide rhythmic sound patterns to accompany the dancing. All dancing styles are unique to Sri Lanka and if you are visiting the country, don’t forget to experience the Cultural dance for once.