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Sri Lanka Mask Dance and Southeast Asia

Colloquium with David Blundell, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This presentation traces Sri Lanka mask dance with its dynamic Buddhist-Hindu connections through ethnographic vignettes featuring dance performances. These anthropological snapshots give comprehension to practice and precept of Theravada Buddhist life in the region from its historic origins related to Southeast Asia.

Related events:
Sunday April 5, 2009
UCLA Fowler Museum

3:00 and 3:30 pm
Exhibition Tour: Fowler in Focus: Masks of Sri Lanka

Anthropologist David Blundell, Associate Professor in Languages and Cultures at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and research affiliate at UCLA leads a tour of the Fowler in Focus exhibition, examining the masking traditions of the Sinhala communities of the southern coastal region of Sri Lanka.

4 pm
Performance: Dances of the Sinhala
Sri Lankan drummers, dancers, singers and actors from the performance group Sapthabhumi (meaning “resplendent seven lands”) present ecstatic healing ritual dances and satirical mask dramas of the Sinhala folk traditions of the Southern Province.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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