“I always encourage people to get out there, travel the world, see new things, experience new people, experience new food, experience new culture. What happens is that helps you to grow and be your best self’’ ~Karmo Brown
The cultural show which was one of the main events of the project ”Taffeta Path” organized by the Rotaract Club of SLIIT was successfully held on the 29th of December at Parakramabahu Maha Vidyalaya, Narahenpita; with the participation of the Rotaractors of New Asia College, Hong Kong and Rotaractors of Colombo Central who added color to the night by their amazing acts and dancing performances. To enlighten everyone on the aspects of a traditional Sri Lankan culture, the program was showcased mainly in the form of a live drama acted out by Rotaractors.
The Cultural show was officially commenced with the arrival of the guests, followed by a warm welcome; greeting them with “Bulath”. All the Sri Lankan Rotaractors were dressed in lungi and sarongs adding more beauty to the ceremony. The premises was decorated as a typical Sri Lankan village and it gave them the real experience of visiting a traditional village in Sri Lanka. The host(actor) announced to the audience that as part of the cultural night where the whole audience will be visiting the village. It was where all the surprises of a live village began.
When the guests arrived at the village, two of our Rotaractors who were dressed up as the Head of the village and her wife, greeted them and had the traditional “Kiri Ithiriweema”.
Following that, the guests were treated with traditional beverages; “plain tea” and “belimal with hakuru” in coconut shells as the welcome drink. After that, many traditional acts were conducted to mesmerize the crowd such as performances from “Kattadiya”, a “Yaka” dance, “veddas” dance, a “Goviya’s” act, “pal kavi”, a romantic-village type dance and much more, which definitely added much glamour to the whole night. Furthermore, sharing the Sri Lankan cuisine, many traditional food items such as milkrice, manioc, pol rotti, kokis, lunumiris and sambol were passed around the audience which were served in lotus leaves for dinner.
After this, three dancing items were performed by the Rotaractors of RAC NA to show cast their culture where everyone was intrigued. At the end, everyone was holding hands wearing glowing bands and were dancing together for Chinese songs and this was indeed a new experience for all Sri Lankan Rotaractors. Everyone had a great evening and was able to learn a lot about each other’s cultures, values and traditions.
Rtr. Dhanushika Ranawaka
Vice- president 2018-19