The Peacock Dance emulates the grace and beauty of the peacock, with the vibrant, dazzling colours and lithe footsteps adding glamour to the performance. Then there is the Salupaliya, a humourous dance where a hairy demon is subjected to sarcasm and ridicule for the entertainment of the audience.
A piece, which transports the viewer to the heart of a traditional village is the Harvesting Dance where the cutting and collecting of paddy is set to music. Naga Raksha and Gurulu Raksha are beautiful, majestic masked performances. The show is water on parched earth for tourists. In one hour, in quick sequence, and in Colombo, they are able to witness the astounding, unique essence of our millennia-old culture. Children get a chance to learn their own heritage. The inaugural show alone has drawn comments that have gratified Namel and Malini beyond expectations. Representatives from the tourism industry have been struck by the brilliance of the entire performance. The traditions, the colour, the folklore, the myths, the vigour, the grace and the dynamism: they blend to create a show of a kind unseen before.
The cultural programme is being staged at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre from 4.30pm to 5.30pm every Thursday. Tickets are priced at 2000 rupees and can be obtained at the theatre.