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The Dancers Guild

Chandana Wickrarnasinghe and the Dancers' Guild of Sri Lanka, A Dance troupe will entertain you with some traditional, folk, creative and modern dancing based on Kandyan, Low country(Sri Lankan Style) Indian dance and free style dance.


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CHANDANA DANCERS GUILD!

Chandana Wickrarnasinghe

Chandana Wickrarnasinghe and the Dancers' Guild of Sri Lanka, A Dance troupe will entertain you with some traditional, folk, creative and modern dancing based on Kandyan, Low country(Sri Lankan Style) Indian dance and free style dance.


Since our inception we have built up an enviable reputation for innovation and creative work, our unrivalled reputation for distinctive style of performance and committed ensemble playing was praised world over. At the heart of our work is the utmost sincerity and excitement of the performer's physical presence and unison between dancer and the audience. Our humble attempt is to touch that hidden world of emotion and imagination.

Background

Chandana Wickramasinghe, born Sri Lankan, learned his first steps of dancing from Vajira Chithrasena at the age of six. He was then trained and given Ves by Kulasiri Budawatta.

Chandana completed his secondary education in the science medium at Mahanama College Colombo, Sri Lanka. At the end of his school career, he chased his passion and joined the Sama Ballet Troupe as a dancer. In 1993, was awarded a Diploma in Kathakali and Dance from the prestigious University of Visva Bharathi Santiniketan, India. Today, Chandana is the President of Santiniketan Friends' affiliated office in Sri Lanka.

In 1999 Chandana and the Dancers' Guild was established and today with a troupe of almost 40 professional dancers train over 3000 students within Sri Lanka. The schools groom dancers' from the age of 4years and are located in Colombo, Galle, Wattala, Kiribathgoda, Gampaha, and Kandy. The recent two concerts "Salamba" and "Kanya" gave highlight to professionalism, bringing poetry in motion alive through a series of fusion dance and music recitals which left the audience in total bliss. The troupe has travelled to almost 70 countries and performed before multi diverse audiences in the cities of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada and Australia and received great admiration for their unique style and exquisite dance rhythm.

Chandana has performed at the world famous Saddlers' Wales Theatre, London in 1990 and at several dance festivals amidst distinguished guests. In 2013 the group performed in Kazakhastan and Belarus Bolshoi Theatre to commemorate the visit of the President of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksha. The troupe is also called to represent Sri Lanka at Overseas Promotion Campaigns coordinated by the Sri Lankan Embassies.

Chandana an acclaimed dancer and founder of the Dancers' Guild, has bagged many local and international awards for outstanding choreography, rhythm, style and character. Though a traditionally trained Kandyan dancer, Chandana has brought in innovations to the dance form, integrating it with modern beats, a bit of folk and a combination of classical and traditional interventions.

Besides dancing, Chandana also has a secret yearning for Films and Choreography.

Chandana's intense desire for film choreography began with "Adaraniya Vassanna" directed by Sinesh Dissanayake. His reputation as a Maestro Dancer in the Film industry grew with his role as the Dance Director for "Tharaka Mal" and "Nilambare".

Jackson Anthony, Sri Lanka's Veteran Film Director grabbed Chandana to Dance Choreograph his most acclaimed and talked about film in this era "Aba". Chandana 's excellent role-play in "Aba" as Dance Director became renowned and much-admired by prominent cinema professionals.

In 2013 Chandana bagged the Lux Award for best Dance Choreographer for "Kusa Paba" another laudable film in the Sinhala theatre directed by leading cinema professional Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne. Chandana's dance choreography in "Kusa Paba" has been highly praised in cinematography locally and internationally.

"Sri Daladagama" another Sinhala Film directed by cinema expert Sanath Abeysekera presents Chandana's choreography and professionalism as Dance Director.

The fame gathered during the last 6 years from being a Judge on "Little Star" produced by TV Derana has created a huge fan club for Chandana locally and internationally. Annually the Dancers' Guild Choreograph, direct and stage manage approx. 500 – 600 dancers for "Little Star". The last live Grand Finale caught an audience of around 3000 viewers.

Chandana is also well known as an Actor in Sri Lanka - both in the film and tele-drama industry. Some of the much talked about roles played follows –
1. Film "Once upon a time" – produced by Caravelle International Television – took the main role "Nisanaka"
2. Teledrama "Kuwerawara" produced by award winning novelist Sumithra Ravabada- role "Padman"
3. Teledrama "Pinibadra ramaya" produced by Sumithra Ravabadda – took the main role "Minister"
4. Took an active role in Teledrama Nathunethimal and Teledrama "Chadrana Maduliata" produced by Sanath Abeysekera.

 

Social and Community Work

Annually The Dancers' Guild School sponsors under privileged children

 

Mission

Introduce and promote alternate entertainment to a multi social diverse society with a concept and understanding to accept values, cultures and traditions merging and integrating vibrant rhythm, stimulating movements and pulsating beats. The Concert will promote this style and rhythm locally and globally.

 

Vision

To offer traditional and alternate entertainment to a multi social diverse society with traditional and fusion dance blending with culture and contemporary music; and displaying poetry in motion through stimulating movements and vibrant rhythm.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Best Dance Choreographer

In 2013 Chandana bagged the Lux Award for bes /t Dance Choreographer for "Kusa Paba" another laudable film in the Sinhala theatre directed by leading cinema professional Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne. Chandana's dance choreography in "Kusa Paba" has been highly praised in cinematography locally and internationally.

Television Reality Shows

The fame gathered during the last 7 years from being the main Judge on popular Television Reality Show "Little Star" produced by TV Derana has created a huge fan club for Chandana locally and internationally. Annually the Dancers' Guild Choreograph, direct and stage manage approx. 500 – 600 dancers for "Little Star". The last live Grand Finale caught an audience of around 3000 invitees and thousands of viewers around the world.
In 2013 the group performed in Kazakhstan and Belarus Bolshoi Theatre to commemorate the visit of the President of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksha

Special Overseas Performances

  • 2014 – Performed at the "Miss Universe, China" beauty pageant held in Shanghai, China.
  • 2013 – Performed with Symphony Five in Baharain.
  • 2011 – a Sri Lankan Cultural performance at the XIAN Horticultural, Exposition, China
  • 2010 – "Dhuwani Tharanga" a concert with international artistes performed in Bahrain.
  • 2008 - "Blue Sky to the Deep Sea" – an international Fashion Forum held in Mumbai.
  • 2006 - performed at the inter-culture promotion and exchanged activities sponsored by Taichung County Cultural Affairs Bureau, China.
  • 2005 – "Mayura Sandesha" alias "Peacock Messenger" a full length ballet performed in Key Theatre in Peterborough UK.
  • "Emperors of the Monsoon" – a dance drama performed in Mumbai, India.
  • "Under the Stars" – a cultural event performed with Indian Artistes in Jaipur.
  • "River Dance Opera" – a ballet performed in New Delhi, India.
  • Mega Concerts performed around the world in 67 countries – Poetry in Motion; Sthree; Salamba; Kanya.

Shows

(01) Temple Dance

This devotional dance is the sacred offering of prayers to the Divine Goddess "Saraswathi".

Customs rituals and devotions have been part and parcel of the Sri Lankan society from ancient times. They have been handed down from generation to generation spanning over the 2,500 year old history of the country. Most of these customs and rituals are connected with the day to day lives of the people in the social and religious spheres.

(02) Magul Bera

A welcome with Sri Lankan Drums bringing peace and harmony to the audience. Drums are very much part of Sri Lankan culture and are used for celebrations, festivals and even in ancient times to communicate with village folk.

(03) Urumaya

Urumaya is a traditional dance from Kandy blessing the audience with prosperity.

Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy highland, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city. It is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The Most beautiful city in Sri Lanka

This traditional dance has existed for 2500 years and is celebrated annually in Kandy with a procession of hundreds and hundreds of dancers called the "Kandy Perahera".

(04) Nagaraksha with live drums

In Southern Sri Lanka over 100 mask dances depict different rituals. This mask dance is a fight between the cobra and the eagle which depicts the fight between good and evil.

(05) Salamba

A traditional dance performed for ancient Kings in their palaces with creative style and movements.

(06) Thelme

A ritual dancing ceremony where the dancers exhibit their acrobatic talents which are inherited from Southern Sri Lanka within a sacred place in the Village referred to Gam Madu.

(07) Ranamonaru

A fantasy dance fashioned to express the day to day life of a peacock. Peacocks are found in plenty in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

The jungles of Sri Lanka abound in a variety of wildlife, which is surprising for an island of its size. From ancient days the elephants and peacocks from the Sri Lankan jungles were prize exports to the Kingdoms of East and West.

Sri Lanka has a rich and exotic variety of wildlife and a long tradition of conservation rooted in its history.

(08) Traditional Drum Orchestra – Bheri Vrinda

Traditional Drum Orchestra – Bheri Vrinda

A combination of Sri Lankan Traditional drums-

Traditional music is an important part of Sri Lanka's vibrant and colorful culture, Along with classical music drums are also used from ancient times. Sri Lankan Drum tradition is believed to go as far back as 2500 years. Drums were used for pleasure and for rituals.

(09) Rupatnari

Rupatnari

Charming maidens serving Kings and dancing in Palaces in ancient times.

With a history spanning over 3000years, Sri Lanka holds some of world's ancient cities including Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa ;their once glorious townships, palaces, temples, monasteries, hospitals and theaters intricately carved and modeled out of stone lay and abandoned and forgotten with time amidst the soaring jungles.

Of all the ancient cities of Lanka, the most famed and most exquisite is the Kingdom of Anuradhapura.

(10) Gajaga Vannama

A dance which reflects the majestic movements of the Elephant. It is based on a particular legend and explains about the elephant Airavana, sporting in the cool water of a lotus pond.

The elephant's majestic movements, twists and steps are naturally and beautifully reflected in the Vannama. This is one of the most attractive of the Vannam dances.

(11) Sigiri Apsaravo

Sigiri Apsaravo

This dance is based on the beautiful and graceful heavenly maidens of the ancient city Sigiriya ruled under King Kasiappa. The movements and rhythm stirs up emotions.

Sigiriya –the Lion Mountain or the Rock Fortress is marveled for its unique paintings and frescoes depicting heavenly maidens.

Sri Lanka's ancient architectural tradition is well portrayed at Sigiriya – probably one of the best city centres in Asia from the first millennium. A favourite destination for tourists.

(12) Devol with live drums

A dance from Southern Sri Lanka – 7 dances.

The seven devol dances are an attempt to respond to the common belief that certain ailments are caused by unseen hands and that they should be chased away.

(13) Drum Percussion with live drums

A drum percussion beating to create a wild emotional experience with a mix of assorted drums used from ancient times.

The drummers very enthusiastically beat different rhythms showing off the potential of the drums.

(14) Mayam with live drums

Mayam with live drums

Mayam with live drums

Beautiful Sri Lankan girls dancing with water pots. A ritual dance for healing and purification from evil.

(15) Ratnadeepa Janma Bhumi

This dance is created with a popular Sinhala Song. The stimulating steps and expressions show off the beauty and rich resources available in Sri Lanka.

(16) Abhishek

This dance is total fusion. A combination of traditional music and traditional drums beating to different rituals and dances carried out in Sri Lanka, in ancient times.

(17) Seya

Seya

Seya also known as the Peacock is the native's largest pheasant and probably the most beautiful too in Sri Lanka. Peacocks and Peahens are seen in plenty in Sri Lanka's wild life sanctuaries.

This is a fantasy/fusion dance with peacocks. Red peacocks dancing with a single white peacock with joyful and carefree movements blending to fusion rhythm.

(18) Gara Yaka

A dance with the Gara Yaka. This demon Gara Yaka is known to clean up the sacred altar of the Gammaduwa after the finish of the rituals.

(19) Gini Sisila with live drums

A unique dance with fire -
A dance originated from Southern Sri Lanka also known as "fire dance" showing the power of charms over fire and the twenty seven devils that can trouble mankind. The absolute faith of the fire dancers protects them from the flames.

(20) Raban

Raban

Raban is a traditional folk dance which is associated with folk activities and festivities in Sri Lanka, using small hand drums. A very popular hand drum in the villages.

(21) Kuweni

Kuweni is believed to be the first Queen of Sri Lanka and is well known for introducing the spinning and weaving industry in Sri Lanka. This stimulating dance with Kuweni and her maids and hunters expresses the powerful personality of Queen Kuweni.

(22) Thriranga

Thriranga

This has a combination of 3 dances from different parts of Sri Lanka – hill country , low Country and the Sabaragamuwa Province

The Kandyan dances of the Hill Country, known as " Uda Rata Natum"

But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.

The Kandyan Dance is traditionally performed to percussion only. The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress. The dancer's chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net. Annually the dance is celebrated on a grand scale on the streets of Kandy in a procession called the "Kandy Perahera" and is a huge tourist attraction.

The low country dances of the southern plains, known as Pahatha Rata Natum;

The Sabaragamuwa province is a geographic area consisting of main southern districts Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Farming, tourism and fishing is carried out by the vast majority of the people of this region. Hambantota was geatly affected by the Tsunami but today it is developed to be one of the main cities in the Island and includes a modern port built on international standards. Tourist hotels and guest houses are widely spread along the coast and is commended for great hospitality by Tourists and holiday makers.

And the Sabaragamuwa Natum origins from the Sabaragamuwa Province. The province is one of nine Provinces in Sri Lanka located in the South central region of our island and is rich in natural beauty, culture and history. The Province is most famous for its gems, one of our island's first exports.

(23) Nari Latha

This dance pays tribute to Kalashuri S Panibartha who fashioned this dance Nari Latha, Nari Latha is a wild flower blooming in the Himalayan Mountains.

(24) Sarungal(Flying kites)

In Sri Lanka the Month of August is known for flying kites after a good paddy harvest. This act shows the joy of children flying kites.

(25) Vadiga Patuna

In Southern Sri Lanka, the Vadiga Patuna is a traditional dance performed by dancers wearing Rajput dress, turbans and beards. The word Vadiga in Vadiga Patuna is reputed to denote the North Indian origin of the dance.

(26) Mermaids and Sea Horses

Mermaids and Sea Horses

A fusion dance act with mermaids and sea horses dancing at the bottom of the beautiful ocean surrounding Sri Lanka. The Island is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and is well known for its exotic beaches with golden sand and is patronized largely by Tourist from all parts of the world. Fishing is a huge industry in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka cuisine is well known for good sea food from lobsters, prawns, crabs and a variety of big and small fish.

(27) Ridmanjali

The dancers move excitingly revealing the making of clay pots (kumbal Karmanthaya ). The second part of the act boasts of the variety of flowers blooming in Sri Lanka.

(28) Tea Dance

The dance highlights women plucking tea – an image of tea pluckers in traditional attire – their baskets balanced expertly on their heads as they deftly pick the precious green leaves from tea estates. Growing and producing Ceylon tea is a tradition and a passion for over 150 years. Tea is serious business in Sri Lanka. formerly a British colony known as Ceylon, this small Indian Ocean island is famed for producing the finest black tea in the world.

(29) Prashasthi

A royal dance - the traditional songs of praise which became popular in the Kandyan Era of King Narendrasinghe. These songs of praise were offered to Gods, Kings, Noblemen and Royal family during this Era.

(30) Dasa Desa Sri Lanka

This dance was fashioned to show off the rich history, culture, potential and resources available within Sri Lanka.

Location

Videos

Academy

Our schools recruit and appoint qualified teachers to groom and tutor dancers with

  • Basic Kandyan dancing
  • Indian dancing - Manupuri; and Katakali from Kerala
  • Nava Nirthi – combination of Kandyan and Indian Dancing
  • Theory classes for Ordinary Level and Advance Level students
  • Janagi and Drumming – geta bera, yak bera, devula and thammattama
  • Workshops – particularly for University students (kandyan, Indian, Contemporary, Creative and Fusion)

School Branches

Main Branch – Colombo (Ratmalana)
Day - Saturday
Contact Person - Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+ 94)112634574 / (+94) 777311826 – mobile
No 8, C P De Silva Mawatha, Kaldemulla, Moratuwa
Kandy Branch
Day - Sunday
Contact Person – Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+94) 777311826
108 Nimali Building, Yati Nuwara Vidiya, Kandy
Kegalle Branch
Day - Sunday
Contact Person – Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+94)  777311826
Hillbon International School Meepitiya, Kegalle
Galle Branch
Day - Saturday
Contact Person - Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+ 94) 112634574 / (+94) 777311826 – mobile
LOLC Building, Sri Gnanobasha Mawatha, Oroppuwatta, Galle
Gampaha Branch
Day - Friday
Contact Person - Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+94) 777311826
Baudha Mandiraya Gampaha
Kiribathgoda Branch
Day - Tuesday
Contact Person – Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+94)  777311826
Amovin Reception Hall, Mahara, Kadawatta
Maragama Branch
Day - Monday
Contact Person - Mr. Chandana Wickramasinghe
Phone - (+94) 777311826
Amiti Hall

Contact us

Address : Chandana Wickramasinghe & the Dancers Guild, No 08, C P De Silva Mawatha, Kaldemulla, Moratuwa - 10400, Sri Lanka.
Email : chandanadancers2@gmail.com
Phone : +94112634574 / +94777311826 (Mobile)