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Dumbara Asiriya

‘Dumbara Asiriya’ , “Pageantry of Rural Lanka”  proudly presented by Sri Lankan Dance Academy of Victoria and Thaala Asapuwa is one of the first of its kind staged in Australia, during which the choreographer showcased the splendour, colour, diversity and glamour of a Sri Lankan Village through dance, drama and music. 

The show was held at Dandenong -Drum Theatre in Melbourne- Australia on Saturday the 1st June 2013.

‘Dumbara Asiriya’ was a successful production of Director of Sri Lankan Dance Academy of Victoria Mr Chalaka Athalage and its hard working members in Melbourne.

The show was cast by over fifty young academy students, Sri Lankan Theatre Group, Melbourne and two of the best traditional Sri Lankan purcusionisists  Susantha and Prasantha Rupathilake flown specially to grace Dumbara Asiriya.  

This traditional event had many cultural items such as Pancha thoorya-Drum Sounds, Sokari, and dances from up country and low county tradition and many more traditional performances to entertain Sri Lankan community and the art loving Australian community who were present at the show to witness this kind of rare event in Melbourne.

Chalanka Athalage was a former Student of D S Senananayake College - Colombo who learnt Sri Lankan dancing many years ago before migrating to New Zealand and then to Australia. Chalanka spends many hours each week with the students of Sri Lankan Dancing Academy teaching Sri Lankan dancing where some of them are even young as four years of age.

Ada Derana


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