‘Sri Dharanee’ opens with a bang A much needed attraction to boost Sri Lanka’s Tourism industry

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By Thilanka Kanakarathna  

Sri Dharanee Performing Arts Theatre, a distinctive entertainment venue constructed to feature Sri Lankan traditional cultural dances for the tourism industry was ceremonially declared open at Water’s Edge on Friday (9) under the patronage of Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka and Tourism Minister John Amaratunga.  


Fulfilling a much needed void in the Sri Lankan tourism sector, dance groups Kalasuri and Vishwakala Keerthi Rajini Selvanayagam took the stage for the first audition at the venue. The air conditioned theatre seats 525.   


Kandyan dancing, Devil Dance and Deity Dance contents of Low Country (Pahatha Rata Natum) and other local dances were performed during the opening ceremony.   
The event concluded with a huge fireworks display lighting the entire sky above the Diyawanna Lake.  


The Performing Arts Theatre, constructed by Green Leaves Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd will be another milestone achievement to the proposed mega private public joint venture surrounding the Diyawanna Lake.  

 

The theatre will be a tourist attraction similar to those in developed metropolises such as Bangkok, Singapore and Japan, and will provide local tour guides a unique sales pitch


Under the directives of the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry and the Tourism Ministry, the ‘Sri Dharanee’ will introduce novel historical shows and cultural performances for tourists with the intention of providing additional features for tourism-related industries in Colombo and its suburbs.   


The theatre will be a tourist attraction similar to those in developed metropolises such as Bangkok, Singapore and Japan, and will provide local tour guides a unique sales pitch. The Ministry believes it will provide the city with much needed entertainment facilities and provide a competitive footing in the South Asian region in the years to come.   

 

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The theatre which faces the Diyawanna Lake is fully airconditioned and has been constructed with many echo friendly features. The entire facility had been constructed on landscaped grounds connected by scenic walkways, in a bid to provide maximum comfort to the tourists.  


Seats will be priced at USD 25 for each show which would be roughly an hour and 15 minutes and were scheduled to be held twice a day, in the afternoon and evening. The company is expected to hold special morning shows which will be aimed specially for cruise liner passengers.  


With the newest development to be initiated based on Diyawanna Lake, it is believed that the theatre would eventually become a tourist attraction in the city.  As a part of the Water’s Edge expansion project, several cafeterias and shopping arcades will also be constructed to add value as a tourist destination.  


Pics by Samantha Perera