Friday, October 26, 2012

SRI LANKA ~Kandyan drummers~

...Happy looking musicians...wonderful must be a lot nicer where the sun shines it's cold, dark and rainy...makes me feel a bit down :(...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!

With a block of 4 lovely colorful flower stamps (Issued 07-10-2012)
There are various types of traditional drum. The most important is the classic Kandyan drum, the geta bera (literally “boss drum". This is a double-headed drum, measuring exactly 67cm (26in) long, slightly bigger in the middle than at the ends. The drum is suspended from the player’s waist by a piece of rope and played with both hands. Different skins are used for the two drum heads (monkey or goat on one side, for example, and cow on the other) to produce contrasting tones.
Sri Lankan drummers are usually deployed in ensembles (hewisi) of anything between three and, in the largest festivals, 50 performers.

Kandyan drumming is distinguished by its frequent sudden changes of tempo and highly irregular rhythmic patterns which ebb and flow in a series of percussive onslaughts – the almost telepathic coordination displayed by the members of top drum groups during performances can seem almost magical.


  1. great card and especially stamps :) i keep getting the small zodiac ones...

  2. Hi Agi! Most of my cards have wonderful stamps...I must be one of the lucky ones!!:D
    Hello Manu World! Love it too!!
    Thank you both for visiting my blog.