KANDYAN DANCE. Kandyan Dance is a dance form that originated in the area called Kandy of the Central hills region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.
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According to the legend, the origins of the dance lie in an exorcism ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which was originally performed by Indian shamans who came to the island upon the request of a king who was suffering from a mysterious illness.
There are many varieties in this dance
"Ves" dance, the most popular, originated from an ancient purification ritual, the KohombaYakuma or KohombaKankariya.
Naiyandi is performed during the initial preparations of the KohombaKankariya festival, during the lighting of the lamps and the preparation of foods for the demons.
The word "vannam" comes from the Sinhala word "varnana" (descriptive praise).