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Kandyan Dance Performance

Address: City hall, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #9 of 26 Activities in Kandy
Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I could not believe how wonderful this performance was, at the Cultural Institute. Just an hour or so long but totally captivating. Really wide and varied in both costume and performance. Highly recommended and definitely something not to miss.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Poor organisation of the event leads to dozens of people entering and blocking the view all through the first half of the performance. It is 45 minutes, not 1 hour as announced - and in the end all 300 people (the small hall with plastic chairs is totally overbooked) are supposed to miraculously move in front to see the 'fire... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Plastic chairs in a dingy place should have rung the alarm bells. Full of tourists flashing cameras it was pretty dreadful. Out of time, out of step, designed for coach tours, avoid it. Consider this. 1000 rupees is equivalent to a West End theatre production, it was dreadful, avoid it

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Really entertaining show incorporating male and female traditional dancers, drummers fire walkers and fire eaters, well worth a visit.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I really do not understand the good rating here. For 1000 Rs you get poor performance where dancers make many mistakes and drummers aren't much better either. Maybe we were just unlucky about current performers, but most people sitting around us looked bored as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The performance is every day from 17:00 to 18:00. Its an hour program consisting of all different kinds of dances all based on the drums rythms. Its nice to see all the costumes, especially the girls dances were very nice and looked more professional than the rest of the company. The fire show was maybe the worst fire show I... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Although I had been to Sri Lanka before, this is the first time I saw a Kandyan dance performance. What skill and acrobatics! It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening ending with walking on hot coals. I would highly recommend it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

They love drums here, the rhythm is persistent but too slow if you like rock'n'roll. Dances are nice to watch and the clothes are magnificent.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I didn't realise this was included in the tour and was quite happy to skip it, but since it wasn't too far, and was only an hour I went. I guess I'm glad I did, as it was quite fun, and I was amazed how someone so fat could do all the back flips and somersaults. It was a welcome... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I enjoyed the music, the set up and the place. The performance is nice but the stuff for tourist. yet make sure not to miss it !!!

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