Ranranga Dance Academy enthralls Borneo
The passion to preserve the national culture resulted in the
formation of the Ranranga Dance Academy in Sri Lanka, said folk manager
Gaminie Basnayake of the International Relations Ranranga Dance Academy,
“When the Ranranga Dance Academy was first set up in 1994, we only
had 20 members. However, we have over 300 members today,” Basnayake said
when met after their cultural presentation at Tradex Stage of the 10th
Borneo Cultural Festival 2012 on Friday night. He said it was their
academy’s vision to encourage as many young people as possible to uphold
and preserve their national culture for future generations.
The members are as young as three years and up to 21 years.
“The academy’s choreographer is my wife, G Swarna Basnayake. She
conducts dance classes two times a week. Each dance class is conducted
for three hours, so dancers undergo their dance training session six
hours a week,” he said.
Basnayake and his cultural troupe academy are in Sibu for the first
“The locals are very friendly which makes us feel very much at home,”
he said. They were impressed by Sibu Town.
“We had been performing at more than 50 international cultural
presentations worldwide. We found Sibu Town one of the cleanest,” he
Basnayake was impressed with the harmonious living environment among
the many races.
“Sibu in particular and Malaysia in general is a wonderful place to
visit. We not only enjoy many beautiful places, delicious ethnic cuisine
but the harmonious life of many races living together.”
Courtesy: Borneo Post