3.1 Vannam Kavi

The Sinhala Sangeetha Sastraya - the art of Sinhala music requires three elements to make it complete:

  1. The Geetha - Song
  2. The Vadita - Instrumental playing 
  3. The Nritya - Dance 

Hanuma Vannama TJ illustration

Therefore, all Vannam have been composed employed the following three scales. 

  1. The notes of the musical scale
    Sa - Ri - Ga - Ma - Pa - Da - Ni (7)
  2. The notes of the drum scale
    Tha - Ji - Thon - Nun (4)
  3. Time measure of dance - Thith Manana

    (i) Thei - Thei
    (ii) Thith - Thei
    (iii) Thith - Thith - Thei etc. (7)

Vannam Components