About Kapila Palihawadana

Founder and Artistic Director of nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka, Kapila studied traditional dancing in his native country Sri Lanka. He was the principal male dancer of the Channa Upuli Performing Art School and toured to India and Germany in 1999 and 2000. He was introduced to Western Classical Ballet by Oosha Sarawanamuttu and was the solo dancer in 'Joie de la dance' in 2003.



Kapila won a scholarship to go to Germany from the Goethe Institute in Colombo. He worked with some of the best dance companies there. He started his modern dance training under well-known teachers in Europe such as Christino Kono, Biasuty and Tomi Passonen. He learned choreography from Sasha Waltz, Irina Pauls & Manuel Quero from Germany and Devid Bolger from Ireland.


Among other choreographers in Sri Lanka, Kapila creates an innovative dance style and blends traditional dance elements with western dance techniques for his choreography. The life style magazine "Mirror Life" discovered Kapila's arresting style and mentioned: "It is the first of its kind of Sri Lanka and draws upon Lanka's cultural diversity to make ground-breaking attempt to revolutionise modern and contemporary dance in Lankan context."


Kapila holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kelaniya and is also a lecturer at his Alma Mater for Russian and German. He gives dance classes in different international schools in Colombo. He is one of the principle dancers of Oosha Garten Ensemble and has performed as a Kandyan and modern dancer in Germany and India.