Veteran dancer and choreographer Kulasiri Budawatte has passed away at the age of 71.
Budawatta was one of the most senior performing artists in Sri Lanka who excelled in both the Kandyan and Low Country dance traditions.
Mr Budawatte, who was well-known for his iconographic and pioneering choreography, is the founder of the ‘Budawatta Dance institute’ which specializes in traditional and modern dancing.
Taking up dancing at a very younger age, he managed to develope a unique style that made him a cultural icon.
Mr Budawatte remained a gifted, committed teacher throughout his life and through his guidance many of his students have become successful professionals in the field.