Originally performed by Indian shamans who visited Sri Lanka as an exorcism ritual the Kandyan dance has now been adopted for stage. Performers wear a traditional headdress and elaborate costumes while dancing to the beat of drums. There are a number of different Kandyan dances which are performed, some mimicking the behaviours of animals while others were more prestigious being performed in honour of the gods. This is a stage version of the Kandy dance performance put on for tourists in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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