Kohomba Yak Kankariya. Most of the Sinhala ritual dances have their legends called Uthpaththi Katha The Story behind the Kohomba Yak. Historypose of the Kandayn danceAccording to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which is also known . Kohomba Kankariya was first enacted in Sri Lanka during and , at Jayawardenapura, Kotte. The ritual of God Kohomba, which ought to have been.

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This costume is known as the Ves costume. It was the decision of God Sakra-the King of gods-that he could not be cured except by a person who was born out of a flower-known as the kohoba of a flower.

Kandyan dance highlights Sri Lanka’s culture.

Kohomba Kankariya – an awesome Kandyan Dance Ritual with deep roots in Lankan Legend

Incidentally Vijaya had been leading a wild existence from boyhood to adulthood, and his father, kihomba to reform him to knakariya satisfaction, decided he had had enough.

Although the Kohomba Kankariya originated from Anuradhapura and was performed around the country, it is the foremost Kandyan Dance Ritual. In the original dance, it is said that King Malaya wore golden attire complete with 64 royal ornaments and finery of a Brahmin.

They believe that she had casted a charm over Vijaya to win kankadiya over, as well as his followers. Upon meeting Kuveni, Vijaya falls in love with her and Kuveni betrays her tribe to unite with Vijaya, and her tribe is massacred by Vijaya and his followers.

It resembles a tambourine without the skin and has small cymbals attached at intervals around its circumference. The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress.

They were aligned to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera procession held each year by the temple. The eighteen classical vannam are gajaga elephantthuranga horsemayura peacockgahaka conch shelluranga crawling animalsmussaladi hareukkussa eaglevyrodi precious stonehanuma monkeysavula roostersinharaja lion kingnaaga cobrakirala red-wattled lapwingeeradi arrowSurapathi in praise of the goddess SurapathiGanapathi in praise of the god Ganapathiuduhara expressing the pomp and majesty of the kingand assadhrusa extolling the merit of Buddha.


This is a graceful dance, also performed in Maha Visnu Vishnu and Kataragama Devales temples on ceremonial occasions. This page was last edited on 1 Mayat This is a graceful dance, also performed in Maha Visnu, Vishnu and Kataragama Devales temples on ceremonial occasions. All these deities make their appearances in the rituals of Kohomba Kankariya.

The ritual was henceforth known after the name of this Prince Kohomba, who assumed the form of a deity. The significance of the Kohomba Kankariya is well known to those who have studied the history of ,ankariya Lankan dance rituals.

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But Daities intervened and prevented it. The king was said to be suffering from a recurring dream in which a leopard was directing its tongue towards the king, believed to be as a black magic of “Kuweni” the first wife of the king “Vijaya”.

But there are other kohokba of thought; after the arrival kankaeiya the King of the flower, he brought down four brothers and they assumed various comic guises, at which King Panduvasudeva laughed his wits out and he was said to have been cured. After the performance of the Kohomba kankariya the illness vanished, and many natives adopted the dance.

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But, the final preparations for the ceremony commences at least two weeks earlier, such as the adaptation of the place where it is to be held on an auspicious day. Its name comes from the uddekkia small lacquered hand drum in the shape of an hourglass, about 7.

The most common drum is the Geta Berayawhich is only used in Kandyan Dance. Dancers in Ves costume make elaborate presentation to the, sound of deep sharp vibrant throbbing of Getaberaya a Kandyan Drum. To get rid of the Divi Dosa various rituals were performed without success.

The elaborate ves costume, particularly the headgear, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity Kohomba. It is normally enacted before New Kankariyz or during that period. But, of course, the entire process takes place under the close supervision of a senior dancer coming from a traditional Kandyan dancing family. At the end of the Kohomba Kankariya, the dancer depicting an Elephant, is led kankkariya to break into a store. The Kohomba Kankariya enacted at the Ranabima Royal Kxnkariya grounds was for the blessings of 12 students, the first batch to be donned with ‘Ves’ at this school.


One day an angel who was the guardian of the parasol of the King informed the illness to Sakrathe King of Gods.

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The word vannam comes from the Sinhala word varnana ‘descriptive praise’. Retrieved from ” https: Uddekki dance Uddekki is a very prestigious dance. Thereafter, King of Malaya named a Local Prince called Kohomba to perform the same ritual in this country and he returned to his country. The whole combination of the head dress is called the ‘Ves Tattuwa’.

Then “God Sakra” appeared before the King and told him that it was a mere trick performed to get him down to Lanka to cure the Divi Dosha of King Panduwasdeva. Having received the information of the destruction caused by a strange wild boar, King wanted to capture it.

The dance in its traditional form is still performed each year at the Dalada Perhahera in Kandy. Later dancers have used the vannam as a background song for their performance. King Panduwasdeva is duly cured, and King Mayala assigns a local prince Kohomba to perform the ritual in future. Hence, it becomes the finest and the most complete Kandyan Dance in its original form.

The King would be drawn to go in search of the Boar. From that day onwards, the Kohomba Kankariya started in Sri Lanka.

All this is sure to keep the audience awake and attentive throughout the proceedings. The first such kankairya of ‘Ves’ in a school was Kingswood College, Kandy. But, of late, many school children have been donned ‘Ves’ after their period of tutelage under a Guru at the School.

The dance waned in popularity as the support for the dancers from the Kandyan kings ended during the British period. It has now been revived and adapted for the stage, and is Sri Lanka’s primary cultural export.

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