This is a project that proposes to collect and document in digitized video format, the varied and complementary forms of traditional ritual dance and performances along with their oral traditions, crafts and craftsmanship. The craft component includes the creation of distinctive traditional dance ornaments, décor, costumes and drums. The living socio-cultural traditions within which these practices still survive will also be documented as the essential ways of life that nurture and sustain these vanishing traditions. The main communities and cultural practices targeted by this project are the following:
- Upcountry Kandyan dance forms, related oral expression and craftsmanship,
- North-Eastern Tamil drama, and related practices,
- Adivasi (Indigenous) rituals, cultural activities, the relatively neglected areas of the Polonnaruwa and Batticloa district,
- Southern dance - drama ritual performance in the Kolam drama tradition.
This project is funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).