Various Artists

Kolam: The Masked Play

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This is the music of Sri Lanka's majority ethnic group. Kolam, more like a masquerade than a drama in the European sense (involving dance, mime, and highly elaborate costumes), belongs mainly to three villages in southern Sri Lanka, and even there it is dying out. This recording includes songs and music for the dance sections, and comes with outstanding notes and photos of the intricately beautiful masks and costumes.