Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Dance and Ballet Advisory Board

State Dance and Ballet Advisory Board is established for the purpose of advising and assisting the Arts council on the general advancement of the dance and to support a vibrant community of choreographers and dancers, dance groups and organizations so that the public can experience the highest standard of dance in Sri Lanka. Dance plays a key part in contemporary culture; it covers a wide range of aesthetics and styles and takes place in a wide range of settings.

Arts council and Dance panel promote development and networking opportunities and work closely with artists and organizations to develop new ways of presenting dance, and to widen the understanding and appreciation of the many and varied kinds of dance, influenced by the social and multi cultural richness of Sri Lankan society, and other art forms.

Panel Profile

Prof. Karunarathna Bandara
Chairman
Professional Drummer & Dancer

Karunaratna Bandara, Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Colombo, is regarded as an authority on traditional Sri Lankan drumming and dance. He is a Master Drummer and Dancer in the both the low country and hill country traditions.

He has toured internationally as a teacher and a performer and director and authored two books on Sri Lankan drumming traditions.


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Ravibandhu Vidyapathy
Member
Professional Dancer & Choreographer

Ravibandhu Vidyapathy is the eldest son of Kalashoori Somabandhu Vidyapathy, the well known classical painter, sculptor and Sri Lanka’s pioneer costume and décor designer for dance and ballet; and Malathi Somabandhu, the reputed Kandyan dancer and the daughter of great dance Guru Algama Kiriganitha.

Ravibandhu studied Classical Kandyan dance under the legendary dancers Great Gurus Chitrasena and Vajira and traditional drumming under the renowned percussionists Guru Piyasara Shilpadhipathi and Guru Punchiguru.

He is an acclaimed Kathakali actor- dancer, studied at the Kerala Kala Mandalam in India, also studied Hindustani Music under the guidance of Ustad David Podiappuhamy of Maihar, India and Shri P.V. Nandasiri of Sri Lanka.


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Prof. Sriyani Rajapaksha
Member
Professor

Prof. Sriyani Rakapaksha has been appointed as a member of State Dancing & Ballet Advisory Board.


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Dr. Palika Samanthi
Member
Dr.

Dr. Palika Samanthi has been appointed as a member of State Dancing & Ballet Advisory Board.


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Saman Kumaratunge
Member

Mr. K.M. Saman Kumaratunge has been appointed as a member of State Dancing & Ballet Advisory Board.


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Sumathipala Shilpadhipathi
Member
Professional Dancer

Mr. Sumathipala Shilpadhipathi has been appointed as a member of State Dancing & Ballet Advisory Board.


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Channa Wijewardena
Member
Professional Dancer & Choreographer

Channa - Upuli Performing Arts Foundation is the pioneer in bringing Sri Lankan cultural dance along with contemporary expression to the world.


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Janaka Kottegoda
Member
Senior Lecturer

Mr. Janaka Saminda Kottegoda has been appointed as a member of State Dance & Ballet Advisory Board.


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Rajini Selvanayagam
Member
Professional Dancer

Kalasuri, Vishwakala Keerthi Rajini Selvanayagam, is a famous teacher of dancing who has dedicated her life for the propagation and sustenance of unique form of Sri Lankan dance art. The Chamara Kalayatanaya, in other words “Rajini’s dance Academy “of which was founded on February 5, 1975 as a small classroom is aimed at building a just society promoting culture, tradition and customs through the art of dancing.


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Chandana Wickramasinghe
Member
Professional Dancer & Choreographer

Chandana Wickramasinghe learned his first step of dancing from Vajira Chithrasena at the age of six. He was then trained and given Ves by Kulasiri Budawatta.

In 1999 Chandana and the Dancers' Guild was established and today with a troupe of almost 40 professional dancers train over 4000 students within Sri Lanka. The schools groom dancers from the age of 4 years and are located in Colombo, Kiribathgoda, Nittambuwa and Kandy. The recent two concert "Salamba and "Kanya" gave highlight to professionalism, bringing poetry in motion alive through a series of fusion dance and music recitals which left the audience in total bliss. The troupe has traveled to over 74 countries and performed before multi diverse audiences in the cities of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada and Australia and receive great admiration for their unique style and exquisite dance rhythm.


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Nirmala John
Member
Dancer/Choreographer

Dancer, choreographer and the founder of the dance academy 'Nirmalanjali' in 1986, having obtained the Diploma in Bharatanatyam in Colombo, did further studies at Bharata Kalanjali under Sri. V.P. Dhananjayan, Adayar, Chennai, and obtained the Advanced Diploma certificate. Subsequently completed the Bachelors and Masters Degree in Fine Arts at First Class of the Bharathidasan University, India

Recognized by the State of Sri Lanka for nomination to represent at the 6th World Tamil Conference in Malaysia, 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Norway and Sri Lanka in Norway, chosen to perform at the anniversary program of the famous Nadarajah Temple in Chidambaram, 50th Anniversary Celebration in Kandyan dance of Sri. Chitrasena and many other presentations both on stage and television on momentous occasions.


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Gnanasiri Peiris
Member
Senior Lecturer

Five years Diploma in Dancing - 1st class pass in College of Fine Arts (Dancing and Ballet)

Two years aesthetic teacher training - Giragama Teacher Training College

Post Graduate Diploma in Education - Education Faculty, Colombo University.


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Ruvini Manamperi
Secretary
Cultural Development Assistant

Mrs. Ruvini Manamperi has been appointed as a Secretary of State Music Advisory Board.


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Thilina Adikaram
Assistant Secretary
Development Officer

Mr. Thilina Adikaram has been appointed as a Assistant Secretary of State Music Advisory Board.


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