The Art of Drumming
A Pepper Experience
Learn the vibrant art of traditional drums with a professional drum teacher and understand how drums influence Sri Lankan culture.
- Includes: drumming lesson & tea
- Duration: 2 hours, 9 am & 3 pm
- Children: suitable for all ages
- To wear/bring: camera
Traditional drums have been the cornerstone of the Sri Lankan way of life for more than 2,000 years. They are played on occasions of cultural significance and at all stages in the circle of life. Get lessons from a traditional teacher who descends from a long line of professional drummers, in his home, just 20 minutes from Kandy town. Go at your own pace, depending on your speed and mastery. Over a cup of Ceylon tea, allow the teacher to enthral you with the history of traditional drum types and uses. (Ask any questions with help from the interpreter.) Understand in depth the importance of music and drums at a traditional value. End the intimate experience with a short harmonisation of percussions with the teacher, after which he will show you an elaborate headdress wound from a very long cloth; you and your family can try this on if you like. The teacher is friendly and welcoming, so children will find the experience enjoyable and educational.