2006’ from Rivega
By Randima Attygalle
denotes 'a dance to please and bring happiness to a person's senses'
and it is exactly what young and versatile dancer Rangika Jeewantha
and his students at Rivega Dancing Institute promise the audience
of dance-lovers, when 'Natmo 2006' will come alive on March 12 at
Tower Hall Maradana.
An undergraduate of University of Kelaniya majoring in Kandyan Dancing,
Rangika has proved himself to be a promising dancer having mastered
other western modes such as ballroom, classical ballet, jazz and
modern tap dancing under many eminent gurus in the field. Emerging
'Level 5 Winner' at the Singapore Summer School held last year,
Rangika also possesses international exposure in the art.
acquired a wealth of experience professionally and practical lessons
in life such as time management and disciplined team work during
my stay in Singapore and I wanted to share them with my students
at the academy," explains Rangika who believes that a collective
effort like 'Natmo 2006' best manifests it. Comprising 15 items
which includes group performances, duets and musical skits, Natmo
2006 is a blend of traditional and contemporary dance. "Since
our effort is a fusion of oriental and western features, a wider
audience can enjoy it,’ says Rangika adding that an array
of Kandyan and low-country, Indian, Punjabi, drum orchestras and
other musical skits can delight a foreign audience alike.
to Rangika, what is unique about this venture is that the audience
is treated to a 'blend of east and west' through each item. "We
wanted to avoid extremes such as pure traditional and pure western
and present the audience with something novel," explains Rangika.
For instance, the steps and the costume of the elephant-dancers
in traditional Gajaga wannama are inspired by contemporary dancing
modes whilst the true essence of the traditional Kandyan dancing
is evident in both movements and costume alike in the main dancer.
Similarly, the ballet 'Eagle and Girl' will be a blend of Indian
and Western dance modes.
own dance academy 'Rivega', which was initiated with only two students
soon after the completion of his A/Ls, today shelters over 50 students.
His main dance troupe which consists of six females and four males
(including Rangika) who are seasoned performers will enthrall the
audience with 7 items whilst those making their debut, some as young
as three years will perform a musical skit together with rest of
the young dancers contributing to an assortment of dance items.
Rangika not only trains his students single-handed, but designs
their costumes as well. "I am inspired by lot of traditional
as well as foreign dance costumes in designing my own," says
Rangika stressing that a costume should not only complement the
theme of the dance but assure the comfort of the dancer as well.
addition to dance, Natmo 2006 will entertain the audience with innovative
music of Mahesh Eranga - fusing classical Sri Lankan, Kathak and
to Rangika, Natmo 2006 will be a 'forum of learning' in many ways
to all the participants. "This is an ideal opportunity for
them to learn team spirit, effective decision-taking, working under
pressure and retaining contact with an audience through out a performance,"
the challenges encountered in a venture of magnitude such as Natmo
2006, Rangika says, "training young children is a Herculean
task as they are often restless and one has to be patient in getting
financial assistance is another challenge." Rangika is grateful
to his dancing gurus for moulding him into what he is today and
all the parents and numerous other individuals who contributed to
make Natmo 2006 a reality.
Tickets for Natmo 2006 will be available at the entrance on March