'Ridma: Rhythms of Sri Lanka' dance performance is Sunday

'Ridma: Rhythms of Sri Lanka' dance performance is Sunday

The Herath Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian services in the areas of education, health care, village development and international relations, has organized a traditional dance performance by the Sri Lankan Thalgahagoda Dance Troupe.

"Ridma: Rhythms of Sri Lanka" will be performed from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in Baumgaertner Auditorium, Brady Educational Center. The doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets prices are $35 and $25 for general admission, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will help rebuild a Sri Lankan school, Galle, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of India., The traditional dances of Sri Lanka date to the fourth century B.C. and fall into three categories: Kandyan dancing of the up-country region, low-country dancing of the south coastal belt, and the dances of Sabaragamuwa Province.

Sunday's performance will include drums, traditional dances and modern dances based on the three traditional dance forms of Sri Lanka.

The Thalgahagoda Dance Institute is a leading dance school at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage of Sri Lanka. In 2002, the troupe won first place among 36 countries in the 36th International Folklore Festival in Croatia.

Questions? Call Dr. Lalith Samarakoon, UST Finance Department, (651) 641-1218.