3.3. The 18 Vannam

The Vannam are a main component of the Kandyan dance form. The fairly complicated rhythmic forms of step and movement are from original dance patterns of the Kohomba Kankariya. These are solo poetic dances, sung and danced expressing a dominant idea. Below are the 18 principle Vannam deriving from the time of Kandyan King Sri Weeraparakrama Narendrasinghe. 

Vannam 18 - part 1

18 Vannam part 2

Each Vannama is composed and interpreted in a certain mood or expression of sentiment.

NB: We will explore Vannam dances in more detail in the upcoming course Kandyan Dance III. 

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