Welcome to nATANDA.

nATANDA is a modern dance troupe based in Colombo, founded as a non-profit organization by Kapila Palihawadana in 2002, trained in Germany for Modern Dance.The nATANDA dance troupe is trained in modern and classical Sri Lankan dance, showcasing their work in Sri Lanka and Thailand. nATANDA has also provided dance workshops to over 1500 young people so far. It pushes the boundaries of dance theatre, looking beyond form, physicality, culture and geography, to richly and vibrantly portray aspects of life and nature.


nATANDA is Sri Lanka’s first contemporary dance company. Its choreographic style is distinctive not only in how it fuses traditional Kandyan dance, Ballet, yoga and Bharatha Naatyam in its creation of contemporary Sri Lankan dance theatre, but also in the way it challenges its dancers to express their individual personalities and bodies in a collective process.


The Dancers:

Malith Upendra
Dakshika Bandara
Hasani Wijebandara
Kalani Sachithra
Harsha Kumara
Tanuja Senanayake
Lekha Edirisinghe
Lasanthi Dilhani
Lasantha Niroshan
G. Jayakrishna
Mohan Aravindh
Jeevidan Manoharan
Selvaraj Saran
Mohammad Rashan
Malinda Madushan
Dilip Kumar
Mohamed Shiyan Doole
Rakitha Dilshan Malewana


- does not press the dancer to a pre-choreographed mould, but strives to combine the body and the personality of each individual.
- trains its dancers in fundamentals of the Classical Sri Lankan Dance, as well as Western Ballet and evolves its choreography through a process.
- develops a new mode of expression through this long process, the journey being its aim.