• 21 Sep 2008 19:49:34 GMT

    You 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.

  • 21 Sep 2008 19:51:32 GMT

    [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.

    ]

    Pawan has a good sense of humor too. The Tamils din`t have to borrow anything from the mixed race of Sinhalese. I am glad now you agree the Tamil Buddhist monks came to Sri Lanka to teach the new convert Sinhala barbarians to the teachings of the Buddha. :))))

  • 21 Sep 2008 19:52:12 GMT

    [Thammana Kingdom - 543 BC - 505 BC King Vijaya

    Prince Vijaya is a son of King Vijeyabahu, who was a provincial King in ancient India. The Prince was expelled from the Kingdom along with 700 followers after the King couldn`t put up with Prince`s mischievous behavior.

    The Vessels carrying the Price and his entourage harbored the Northwest cost of Sri Lanka. After defeating the local tribes with the help received from yaksha tribe princess `Kuweni` the prince establishes a Kingdom in Thammana, and ruled the country for 38 years. Kuweni was expelled by King lately and married to an Indian princess after his coronation.

    It`s Believed that Kuweni had two children named Deegahatta and Visala from Kiong Vijaya. They supposed to have gone to the Jungle after Kuweni was Killed by her relatives for betraying them.

    The Veddhas believe that they are decedents of Deegahatta and Visala the Children of King Vijeya and Princess Kuweni.]

    http://www.info.lk/srilanka/srilankahistory/thammanna.htm

  • 21 Sep 2008 19:53:05 GMT

    Lol pawan want me to poke some holes into this untenable reasoning of urs?

    for starters

    Udukkai(from which Udukki derived) is NOT a sanskrit word

    the sanskrit word for the same instrument is Damaruham

    pls educate urself in these matters before making such comments :))

  • 21 Sep 2008 19:56:52 GMT

    Pawan,

    Are you going nuts or just filling up the pages in my LNP page, why are you bringing the mythical stories from Mahavamsa to the Dance form borrowed from Tamils, just 300 years ago during the reign of the Kandiyan King Narendra Singha. :)))

  • 21 Sep 2008 19:58:29 GMT

    [Pawan has a good sense of humor too. The Tamils din`t have to borrow anything from the mixed race of Sinhalese. ]

    Buddhism has been closely associated with the sinhala culture and influenced various aspects of sinhala people`s lives (thats why you can see the obligatory nature of the sinhala people to protect the buddhism in its purest form), therefore, the tamil monks, being curious as they are to learn buddhism from SL might also would have wondered how buddhism has been protected in this country and may have wanted to establish the sinhalese way of life in tamil nadu too just for the sake of protecting and preserving the buddhism there. this is my argument looking at it from a very simplistic and logical perspective. you may differ and I don`t have any issue with that.

    and I wouldn`t call you racist just because you would differ in your opinion.

  • 21 Sep 2008 20:01:28 GMT

    [and I wouldn`t call you racist just because you would differ in your opinion.]

    Pawan,

    That was the question of the previous post, discuss the Tamil roots, Tamil words and techniques of Kandiyan dance here. Anud already accepted the Tamil roots of Kandiyan dance. Tell me, why should we call the Kandiyan dance as the dance of the Sinhalese.

    Don`t you think, it should be called the Sinhala - Tamil dance.

  • 21 Sep 2008 20:03:37 GMT

    [Buddhism has been closely associated with the sinhala culture and influenced various aspects of sinhala people`s lives (thats why you can see the obligatory nature of the sinhala people to protect the buddhism in its purest form), therefore, the tamil monks, being curious as they are to learn buddhism from SL might also would have wondered how buddhism has been protected in this country and may have wanted to establish the sinhalese way of life in tamil nadu too just for the sake of protecting and preserving the buddhism there. this is my argument looking at it from a very simplistic and logical perspective. you may differ and I don`t have any issue with that.]

    what? man please dont make me laugh!

    for STARTERS the most famous Buddhist monk after Buddha Himself, Bhodidharma is a Tamil!!

    he is the one who took Buddhism to the east!

    as for the Purity of Lankan Buddhism..pray do tell me where, in heavens name did Buddha sanction the creation/and worship of his statues?

    PS: i have noticed that pawan never answers the questions put forth nor does he reply when his hoaxy explanations are laid bare :)

  • 21 Sep 2008 20:08:21 GMT

    [PS: i have noticed that pawan never answers the questions put forth nor does he reply when his hoaxy explanations are laid bare :)]

    yea :)))LOL

  • 21 Sep 2008 20:08:57 GMT

    [Lol pawan want me to poke some holes into this untenable reasoning of urs?

    for starters

    Udukkai(from which Udukki derived) is NOT a sanskrit word

    the sanskrit word for the same instrument is Damaruham

    pls educate urself in these matters before making such comments :)) ]

    Velir,

    [When Emperor Dharmasoka sent his daughter Sanghamitta with a branch of the sacred bo-tree to Sri Lanka, she was accompanied by bands of musicians and dancers who performed on the five kinds of musical instruments panca turya nada thrice a day in honour of the sacred bodhi tree.

    These five sorts of instruments were:

    * Atata (one faced drum), * Vitata (two faced drum), * Vitata-taya (three faced drum), * Ghana (metal percussion, * sisiraya (wind instrument)

    Seventy-five musical instruments used in ancient Sri Lanka comprise twenty-six varieties of drums (one and two faced) eight kinds of Vinas (three, five, seven, twelve, thirteen, twenty-one stringed etc.). Twenty-six varieties of wind instruments (bamboo and wooden flutes etc) and fifteen kinds of metal percussion (hand cymbals, metal bells, tinkling anklets etc).

    Of these seventy-five instruments those in common use today are drums magul-bera , geta-bera , mihingu-bera , maddala , udekki , pana-bera , davula , tammattama , hewisi and rabana .

    The wind instruments used are horana (large and small), naga , sinnan , rak-sinnan , vas-dandu and sak (conch-shell).

    The imposing maha-kombu is some what like a tuba in appearance. Unfortunately, it is little used.

    The revival of Sinhala music has been very marked during the past two decades. In our schools, Sinhala nursery rhymes and patriotic songs are replacing foreign rhymes.

    Let us hope that Sri Lanka will find her soul through her culture and music. Sinhalese musicians will regain their lost foundations and build on them an edifice of Sinhalese music that will make its own contribution to the world.]

    http://www.lankalibrary.com/rit/dance2.htm