‘I was born to be a dancer’

  • Kavindu Madushan on his professional journey and life

Twenty-four-year-old Kavindu Madushan is a dance choreographer, influencer, and actor. He set his journey as a dancer in motion at a very young age and has come to love all styles of dance. Brunch had a chat with Kavindu on his career, journey as a dancer so far, and more.

Following are excerpts of the interview.

How did you become a professional dancer?

My journey as a dancer started years back when I was very small. I have been to multiple dance classes under different dance teachers, and I loved learning new dance styles. One day, my parents saw me dancing at home and they actually sent an application for Derana Little Star in 2009. That is where I actually stepped into the industry. I was the first runner-up in the competition and was eventually loved by a lot of people in the community.

After the competition, I started learning to dance more professionally with a lot of commitment. I learned different styles on my own while I was studying for my O/Ls (Ordinary Levels). My dream was to become a versatile dancer, so I worked really hard for it.

In 2014, I was able to join Gayan Srimal Sir’s dance group through Sirasa Dancing Star. This was a great opportunity for me, and I was able to meet and work with a lot of people in the industry as well. In 2017, after winning the Derana dance competition, I was very passionate about dance choreography, as I knew I had a special talent for that. I learned different techniques of dance on my own through YouTube and other social media platforms. Gayan Sir has always supported me throughout my journey, and I have learned so much from him  throughout my career as well.

In 2019, I emerged as the second runner-up in Hiru Super Dancer and also became the first runner-up in Hiru Mega Star in 2021. Throughout those competitions, I was able to showcase my ideas and concepts through my own choreography, which I am proud and happy about.

When and why did you decide to make dance your professional career?

Actually, I never decided that I wanted to be a dancer, but I have always practised dancing since my childhood – I guess I was born to be a dancer myself. In fact, nobody in my family has danced or learned dancing before. I remember, though, when I was small, it was my ambition to be a dancer, but I never thought I would engage in dancing this much. However, I am extremely happy and feel gratified when I look back at everything I have achieved so far through dancing.

Describe the best performance you’ve ever put on. What did you learn from it?

It is so hard to choose one. However, I do think the ones I performed with Shanudrie (Priyasad) in 2021 in Hiru Mega Star are some of my best performances. For all those acts, I worked hard to build the concepts and ideas as well as to demonstrate them creatively through dance.

What is your favourite style of dance and why?

I love almost all the dance styles around the world, and they are all so beautiful and influential. As I said earlier, I want to become a versatile dancer. However, I do love Indian and Sri Lankan dance styles the most – both to dance and to choreograph.

I also love to follow Channa (Wijewardena) Sir’s dance styles because he has a very unique style of dance. Since my childhood, I wanted to be like him and receive good comments from him, so that I can work on my dancing and choreography skills. Luckily, I was able to work really close with him and learn from him through Hiru Mega Star, which I consider a real blessing.

Any unforgettable experiences during dance performances?

Oh yes ! I have forgotten dance steps on stage about three times in my life. It was actually a very bad experience for me and I felt bad about myself, especially during the competitions. Usually, it happens to me when I am stressed or scared on stage. So, to avoid it, I practise a lot and try to be very relaxed before a performance.

What do you consider to be the most important trait/s as a dancer?

I think the most important traits as a dancer are motivation and determination. If you are a dancer, you need to be very committed to what you create and put yourself into it. Practice makes it perfect, and there’s no way around it. Hence, no matter how talented or professional you are, practice is essential in dance. Apart from that, I think a dancer should be well disciplined and enthusiastic at the same time.

Tell me about the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a dancer in your career.

I have not encountered such a big challenge in my life yet. However, I am hoping to be a part of the Indian or Sri Lanakan film industry in the future, so I believe I may encounter major challenges in the future in that regard.

How has dancing inspired you?

Dancing has inspired me in a lot of ways; it has allowed me to be who I am and understand what talents I have inside me. It has also allowed me to be more creative and passionate in what I do. More than that, dancing has also helped me to be healthier and more active. It has brought a lot of stamina and energy into my life. I think dancing is a very good exercise and practice for everyone for their mental and physical health. I also think that dancing helps to bring people together and provides them with a sense of community to have the same interest and passion in creativity together.

What hobbies/passions do you have outside of dancing?

I love to act, and I am currently involved in the Sihina Genena Kumariye teledrama on Hiru TV. Apart from that, I love to cook. I also enjoy making TikToks and especially going out for movies with my friends and loved ones.

Speaking of TikTok, you have a big following. How did you grow your following and what was your best video?

Yes, currently I have five million likes and about 450 K followers on TikTok. I have done so many TikTok videos up until now and again, it is so hard to choose just one. I have received so much love and comments for a lot of videos from my fans on TikTok.

I usually do TikToks with my friends. Whenever I am bored, I do TikTok videos with Lochi, Shanudrie, and Harshi. I love to do new trends and they are so fun and creative. I also do my own dance choreographies.

What plans do you have for 2022?

In 2022, I’m hoping to do a lot more creative dance covers. Apart from that, I’m planning on taking part in another teledrama. I am looking forward to it.

I’m also planning to start my new dance class and dance group in 2021, so I’m hoping to give you guys more creative and versatile dance choreographies in the future.