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“Thala” - Drums and Dances of Sri Lanka by Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation

Apr 22, 2016
8 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030 United States

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“Thala” is a dance program that showcases a modern depiction of Sri Lanka’s traditional dance forms directed by Channa Wijewardena. Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation has pioneered in bringing Sri Lankan cultural dance along with contemporary expression to the world theatre. Channa specializes in all form of traditional and creative dancing in Sri Lanka, namely “Kandyan, Sabaragamuwa, Low Country” and his own creative contemporary style which he calls “Body Language”, which is based on “Thribanga”:signifiying the three curves of a woman’s body and is a flexible style performed by his graceful young dancers.

This new dance technique which he introduced has become a revolution in the Sri Lanka dance vocation, which is witnessed on TV, theatre and stage performances. Channa also brings out all types of traditional drum patterns by the traditional schools “Kandyan, Low country, and Sabaragamuwa” which improvise his dance forms. His performances are noteworthy for the colorful costumes and theatrical makeup that create a magnificent combination on stage. They are a national asset, a testament to Sri Lankan tradition, culture, and creativity bringing recognition to Sri Lanka internationally and have performed in countries all over the world.

Performed by world renowned “Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Institute”, Thala (Rhythm), will take you on a journey thru a modern depiction of Sri Lankan Classical Dances and hopes to share with you the kaleidoscopic essence of Kandyan Dance Forms at its best.


 This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Presented by Dharmaraja Alumni Association of North America (DAANA) 

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