Upcoming events

SAARC International Women's Day Celebration

SAARC Cultural Centre, together with the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Culture, will celebrate International Women’s day with a panel discussion featuring Sri Lanka’s well known women in the Arts and Culture.

SAARC Artist Camp 2016

Over the last few years the SAARC Cultural Centre has created the space for Artists from the SAARC Region to gather together and put forward their creative expressions on canvass at the SAARC Artist Camp held in 2011 and 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in 2013, in the beautiful island of Kuda Bandos, in the Maldive Islands

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DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

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The rich and diverse cultural heritage of South Asian civilizations go beyond its mere projection within the walls of museums, art galleries and commercial exhibitions. The evocative works of the inspired artisans and craftsmen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are what have shaped the cultural, social and at times, […]

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STAFF MEMBERS

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The staff members coordinate and monitor implementation of activities, prepares for and services meetings, and serves as a channel of communication between the Association and its Member States as well as other regional organisations.

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CULTURAL PORTAL

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The Centre is intended to function as a major meeting point for the artistic communities of the member states. The Centre will provide the necessary facilities and conditions for individuals and groups in various fields of interest to meet and interact in a conducive environment.

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CULTURE OF THE MONTH

Bharathanatyam

Bharata Natyam is considered to be a fire-dance — the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body. It is one of the five major styles (one for each element) that include Odissi (element of water), Kuchipudi (element of earth), Mohiniattam (element of air) and Kathakali (element of sky or aether). The movements of an authentic Bharata Natyam dancer resemble the movements of a dancing flame. Contemporary Bharata Natyam is rarely practiced as Natya Yoga, a sacred meditational tradition, except by a few orthodox schools (see Yoga and dance).

Bharata Natyam proper is a solo dance, with two aspects, lasya, the graceful feminine lines and movements, and tandava Ananda Thandavam (Tamil) (the dance of Shiva), masculine aspect.

In most solo performances, Bharata Natyam involves many split characters that are depicted by the dancer. The dancer will take on numerous characters by switching roles through the swift turn in circle and creates a story line that can be easily followed by the feat of one individual. The characters will be understood by the narrative of the song and the expression, or "abhinaya." However, in more modern times, Bharata Natyam performances have taken stage as group performances involving dramatical performances that require many characters depicted by various dancers. In addition, these dance performances include numerous transitions and formations that are creatively choreographed to enhance the movements along with the music.