Pawan9821 Sep 2008 19:49:34 GMTYou referred to various sinhala words in your article saying they have their roots in Tamil and therefore kandyan dance roots are in tamil dance. what a twisted argument that is. It is actually the words were having roots in Sanskrit and both languages deriving from that. refer to Vannama. are we at fault simply because you too derived these words form sanskrit. it is most probable that most of the ancient sinhala dance customs were taken to tamil nadu by the tamil buddhist monks who came to sri lanka to study buddhism thus the similarities that may exist between the two dances. anyway, even now there are lot of cultural exchanges being done between the countries that in some 10 or so years time, some the new innovations being introduced by people like channa wijewardene could be copied by the tamil nadu dancers simply because they are venturing in to new dances to get the tamil film-goers come to the cinema halls. you can simply take a look at the dances of the hindi cinema and how tamil nadu is copying them. if you are in doubt just ask some tamil nadu film director.