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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She leaves with her children, but in her distress she curses Vijaya and his descendants thereafter. No cleanup reason has been specified. Even the Ranabima College has to spend around rupees six to seven lakhs, which was borne by the Parents, the Staff and well-wishers of the School. According to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba kankariya named for the deity Kohombawhich is oankariya known as Kohomba yak kankariya or simply kankariya.

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Incidentally Vijaya had been leading a wild existence from boyhood to adulthood, and his father, unable to reform kwnkariya to his satisfaction, decided he had had enough. The Kandyan Dance is traditionally performed to percussion only. They believe that she had casted a charm over Vijaya to win him over, as well as his followers. It resembles a tambourine without the skin and has small cymbals attached at intervals around its circumference.

The flower would kouomba be broken along with the bow which was used to shoot the arrow. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The blessings are expected to manifest only in the location that KK is enacted, so that kohomb any others want such blessings, they too are compelled to enact KK in their own areas, thereby ensuring more people would make offerings to please the ‘Yakka’ devil separately for their well-being!

The dance waned in popularity as the support for the dancers from the Kandyan kings ended during the British period. How could this be achieved?

Views Read Edit View history. All this is sure to keep the audience awake and attentive throughout the proceedings. Then the dancers come back to the site of the ritual, where the ‘Yahana’ or Altar is, and blessings are showered on the organizer of the Kohomba Kankariya.


Please help improve this article if you can. The King of the flower then took the form of a Brahamin and relieved the affliction of King Panduvasudeva. Most vannam describe the behaviour of animals such as elephants, monkeys, rabbits, peacock, cocks, serpents etc.

The king was inflicted with an incurable disease, as a result of his predecessor, King Vijaya not keeping his promise to Princess Kuveni. This even applies to males who have not performed at the ves mangalaya. Sakra suggested that the only way the King of the flower could be brought into the island, was by means of Rahu, the Chief of the Asura tribe.

Vijaya and Kuveni marry according to ancient tribal rites, and they have two children, a son and daughter named Jivahatta and Disaala. Later Vijaya wanted to establish himself as the Supreme Ruler, by marrying an Indian Princess of royal blood.

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

The place where the Boar swan across and landed in Sri Lanka is kohmba “Uratota”, as the folklore suggests. Having received the information of the destruction caused by a strange wild boar, King wanted to capture it.

The ritual was henceforth known after the name of this Prince Kohomba, who assumed the form of a deity. In the days gone by, ‘Ves’ was only donned on very senior dancers. This is a graceful dance, also performed in Maha Visnu Vishnu and Kataragama Devales temples on ceremonial aknkariya.

The performance continues without any break for nearly 12 hours. Only toward the end of the 19th century were ves dancers first invited to perform outside the precincts of the Kankariya Temple at the annual Kandy Perahera festival.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. It an exclusively male dance unlike other Kandyan dance rituals where women play a major part. The most well known among these are the hanuma vannama monkeyThe ukusa vannama Eagle and the gajaga vannama elephant. Its name comes from the Uddekki, a small lacquered hand drum in the shape of an hourglass, about seven and half inches 18 centimeters high, believed to have been given to people by the gods.

The Sakra advised the angle that the illness could only be cured by a person born out of flower. The pantheruwa is an instrument dedicated to the goddess Pattini.


Uddekki dance Uddekki is a very prestigious dance. The first such donning of ‘Ves’ in a school was Kingswood College, Kandy. Book Category Asia portal. Although the Kohomba Kankariya originated from Anuradhapura and was performed around the country, it is the foremost Kandyan Dance Ritual.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Naiyandi dance Dancers in Naiyandi costume perform during the initial preparations of the Kohomba Kankariya festival, during the lighting of the lamps and the preparation of foods for the demons.

A different school of thought suggests that Khomba deity is not the King of the flower, but an altogether new deity created by the King of the flower to invoke the needed atmosphere and the surroundings to cure King Panduvasudeva.

It is a very difficult instruments to play. The Vannam’s however have lyrics that are sung in tune with the movements of the dancer. 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. At the same time, a Banana flower is shot with an arrow, as a preventive measure to stop the evil eye being cast on the organiser of the Kankariya.

The dancer wears a white cloth and white turban, beadwork decorations on his chest, a waistband, rows of beads around his neck, silver chains, brass shoulder plates, anklets, and jingles. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kandyan dance.

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The Kohomba Kankariya enacted at the Ranabima Royal College grounds was for the blessings of 12 students, the first batch to be donned with ‘Ves’ at this school. Rahu assumed the figure of a Wild boar, one of the Mohomba of Lord Vishnu and went to Malaya country of India, where the prince of flower lived. Originally a vannam or wannam was a kind of recitation. The word vannam comes from the Sinhala word varnana ‘descriptive praise’.

It is normally kohoma before New Year or during that period. In anger, king Malaya chases him all the way to Lanka, whereupon he is affronted by Sakra who relates the real reason behind the incident.

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