2010 Wilshire Boulevard, Lower Level, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Achala Weerasinghe Director of Cultural Affairs

(323) 905 - 4753achala@srilankafoundation.org


CLASSES

We teach Sri Lankan cultural dance and drumming classes for students of all ages.

SERVICES

We offer Sri Lankan dance and drumming performance services for special events.

ABOUT SRI LANKAN DANCE & DRUMMING

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TRADITIONAL DANCE

Sri Lankan dance was initiated during the 4th century B.C for the purpose of expelling natural disasters and sickness. The three types of dances are called Kandyan dance, Low Country dance and Sabaragamuwa dance.

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TRADITIONAL DRUMMING

Drums have been a part of everyday life in Sri Lanka for more than 2,500 years. It is believed that there are about 30 traditional drums. Only about 10 of them are used today. Learn about various drums that are popular as some of the world's loudest drums.

What the student will learn and can accomplish from PAC

We allow our students to channel their energy and stimulate imagination, and promote confidence building.

Dance and movement is a joyful way for children and young adults to explore movement, musicality and develop physical, mental and social skills.

Our students enhance these skills all while learning about the Sri Lankan musical culture.

Meet our Instructors, Students & Graduates

Lal Thilakarathna

Lal Thilakarathna

Lal Thilakarathna is a senior instructor at Sri Lanka Foundation International Performing Arts Center. He received his Diploma of Visual Arts “Lalithakala” and completed the National “Gandharva” Exam. His work consists of choreographing, dancing, directing, drumming and instructing generations of students. Lal is one of the very few Veterans of Kandyan dance in Sri Lanka and is qualified to perform the “Ves Baduma," which is the graduation for male Kandyan dancers. He has performed at various locations such as the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. Lal has also taken part in various travel shows like ITB Berlin, World Trade Fai Ion London and CHOGAM, Sri Lanka. 

Chaturi

Chathuri Wickramarachchi

Chathuri Wickramarachchi is an instructor at the Sri Lanka Foundation International Performing Arts Center. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts from Visual and Performing Arts University in 2007. She is a graduate from Chitrasena Dance School & Channa Upuli Dance School studying Upcountry and Fusion Dance. Her work consists of choreographing, dancing, directing, drumming and instructing generations of students. Chathuri has instructed at various institutions in Sri Lanka. As a professional dancer and choreographer, Chathuri has toured 30 countries with various dance troupes.

Umendra

Umendra Kahadawaarachchi

Umendra began dancing when she was five. She was a student of Piyasara and Chandra Kanthie Shilphadhipathi. She completed her Sri Lankan Gandharva Exams and graduated from University of Colombo. She has been teaching traditional dance to young Sri Lankan Americans since 1998 and participated at many Sri Lankan events. Her work consists of choreographing, dancing, instructing and preparing age appropriate lesson plans. When Umendra is not teaching class she is a Registered Nurse at Memorial Care Orange Coast Medical Center. Umendra lives in Garden Grove with her husband and 3 beautiful girls.

Graduates

  • Hiring Ranawaka

    Hiruni Ranawaka

  • Nethmi Fernando

    Nethmi Fernando

  • Nithya Bamunuarachchi

    Nithya Bamunuarachchi

  • Sonali Malalasekara

    Sonali Malalasekara

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Entertainment Services

All Events

Our performers entertain in intimate and extravagant settings and anywhere in between. Our previous customers have needed something special for weddings, galas, corporate functions, parties and conferences.

  • Traditional Entertainment Services

    TRADITIONAl DANCERS

    Solo, duo or troupe of performers will take you on a journey through Sri Lanka with mesmerizing costumes, intricate movements and elegant poses. This unique and one of a kind attraction will be sure to entertain your guests.

  • Fusion Entertainment Services

    FUSION DANCERS

    This is a beautiful dance form created by mixing traditional Sri Lankan dance with western dance theater. It is influenced by an electric collection of fashion and rhythm.

  • Drumming Entertainment Services

    DRUMMERS

    Traditional Sri Lankan drumming is considered a tradition for over 2,500 years. Ceremonial drumming or “Magul Bera” is played at auspicious events to bring blessings from the divine.

WEDDINGS

More than any other event, our performers are requested to bring traditional Sri Lankan culture to celebrate the joining of two families. Performances can be as big or as small as newlyweds want, with services that include:

  • Traditional Dancers weddings Services

    TRADITIONAl DANCERS

    Solo, duo or troupe performance with mesmerizing costumes to welcome guests. Performers can accompany the bride & the groom down the aisle, as well as open and close the ceremony.

  • Fusion Dancers weddings Services

    FUSION DANCERS

    Created by mixing traditional Sri Lankan dance with western dance theater. It is influenced by an electric collection of fashion & rhythm. Let these dancers add some color and entertainment for your big day.

  • Poruwa weddings Services

    PORUWA

    The beautifully decorated wooden platform, which can feature an overhanging roof or an arch. Includes design, creation, setup, breakdown & transportation.

  • Ashataka Blessing weddings Services

    ASHTAKA BLESSINGS

    Professional ashtaka chanting requires understanding of Pali & Sanskrit. It is important to recite the Ashtaka stanzas in the correct manner so that the new couple entering wedlock will be truly blessed.

  • Choregraphing Special Dances weddings Services

    CHOREOGRAPHING SPECIAL DANCES

    The serious part of your wedding day has passed, and now you’re Mr & Mrs. The rings have been exchanged, those important photographs have been taken, so now it’s time to have a little fun with your first dance together or surprise your spouse with your dance moves. SLF PAC can help you choreograph your dance.


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Sri Lanka Foundation

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

2010 Wilshire Boulevard, Lower Level,

Los Angeles, CA 90057

Achala Weerasinghe Director of Cultural Affairs

(323) 905 - 4753achala@srilankafoundation.org

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#tbt We were honored to be at the Model UN Conference.

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We were honored to perform at ArtNight Pasadena 2018. Thank you everyone for your support. Here are some photos of our perfromance at USC Pacific Asia Museum

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We are so excited to be invited to perform at the USC Pacific Asia Museum again this year. Come see us this Friday, October 12 at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 We will be showcasing traditional dancing, drumming, beautiful costumes and history of our beautiful island. Come see us from 6pm-9pm

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We were honored to perform at Rukshan & Stephanie's beautiful wedding in Huntington Beach on Saturday. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

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#tbt Looking back at our performance at the 35th Annual Lotus Festival held at Echo Park on July 11th and 12th. Over 3000 visitors gathered to witness a wide range of live music and dance performances at the Echo Park Lake. Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center was honored to represent our beautiful motherland with traditional drumming and a low country dancers on Saturday July 11th. The sound of the drums demanded everyone’s attention and they gathered near the stage to witness the dance. Onlookers of all ages were mesmerized by the beats of the traditional “Davula”, and the fluid movements of the low-country dancers.

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#tbt to the amazing fire dance by Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center instructor Lal Thilakarathna

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thank you Pasadena Star News and Trevor Stamp for the lovely photos of our drummers and the Geta Bera.

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#tbt A fundraiser event with extravagant talent exhibits of Music and Dance organized by Lakshmi Sharavan showcased at the Taylor Performing Arts Center in Monrovia on April 7th, 2018 at 2.00pm. The objective of this event was to support Women Empowerment, exhibit young talents and bring the community together. Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center Instructors Performed a traditional dance and drumming item which was enjoyed very much by the audience. Other talented Dance Academy students also performed a variety of dance styles.

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https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/07/14/photos-sri-lanka-comes-to-pasadena/ Yakku Bolaw was a unique performance by the girls of Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center. This was a Low Country dance that depicts the strong and powerful yakka tribe in ancient Sri Lanka. Thank you Trevor Stamp and Pasadena Star News for the amazing photos.

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The Director of Public Relations & Programming Keshini Wijegoonaratna and the Director of Cultural Affairs Achala Weerasinghe of Sri Lanka Foundation met with the Senior Vice President Jane Burrell and other staff members of LACMA to plan the opening ceremony of the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lanka art organized by an American museum. We are excited to have undertaken to plan a traditional dance and drumming performance for the opening ceremony accordingly to match the theme to showcase Sri Lankan culture.

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#tbt United In Peace Festival was held at the Los Angeles, Macarthur Park on Sunday, January 28th, 2018, sponsored by Walter J Towers, Gil Cedillo, Park Proud LA, and Rampart Los Angeles Police. This festival was held to promote PEACE in the community. The Students of the Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center performed a Fusion of Sri Lankan drums from Sri Lankan folk and American music. Many dignitaries attended this event from the city of Los Angeles. The festival was filled with Food, Games, Giveaways, Entertainment and Resource Fair. The kids enjoyed a game of basketball and soccer.

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We are so excited to be invited to perform at the USC Pacific Asia Museum again this year. Come see us on October 12 at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EItzuEWumD0

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