Cultural Show Agenda

Welcome Dinner - Cultural Show Performances

1) Performances by each country

Participants are kindly requested to perform items individually or as a group. Please bring your required costumes.

2) Other events

Traditional local cultural dances

Sri Lanka with its proud history of more than 2500 years has three distinct indigenous dance speculiar to their geographical location known to have originated through benedictory rituals, they are identified as “Kandyan”, “Low-Country” and “Sabaragamuwa” dances form each with its own traditional characteristics.


SaluPaliya is a comic dance, related to low-country dancing featuring the spirit SaluPaliya wearing a white shawl. Salu brings the blessings of the goddess Paththini to the patient. The appearance of this spirit in the healing ritual known as the ‘Thovil’ has a specific significance-although demonic in appearance, Salu acts as a clown and uplifts the spirits of the patient and takes away his fear and ailment.


‘Surambawalliya’ is a dancing item which related to the Kolam. The Kolam is a type of Low-country folk dancing. In the past Surambawalliya was performed by wearing masks and playing balls up & down. But in the present this colourful dancing item is modified as applicable to the modern stage by using only balls.


Naga-Gurulu also a Low-country Kolam traditional dancing item that is being performed by wearing a mask depicting an eagle. The mask carries a cobra in his beak. Gurulu Mask Dance is believed to have dispelled fear and all poisonous serpents inSri Lanka had been destroyed. This dancing item is a very colourful item and this legend was created on the basis of an opinion of the Gurula (eagle) who was living at the Himalayan mountains and the Naga (cobra) who was living at theNaga Bhawana. By wearing masks it is performed a confrontation between an Eagle and a Cobra.


This is a very colourful dancing item which is created by mixing by all traditional cultures such as Kandyan (Udarata) dance, Low-country (Pahatharata) dance and Sabaraagmuwa dance.