Locals protest foreigners filming in Kandyan outfits

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A group of locals in Kandy along with The Basnayake Nilame of the Alawathugoda Saman Devalaya, Jayamapathi Hingkenda had protested against a group of foreigners dressed in the traditional Kandyan outfits who allegedly behaved in an “indecent manner, disgracing the outfits”, last evening (02).

Subsequently, the Kandy Police had intervened and escorted the group of foreigners into the Queen’s Hotel to ensure their safety.

Reportedly, the group had been filming a documentary for a competition in Hungary.

Basnayake Nilame Jayamapathi Hingkenda stated that two male tourists – one dressed in traditional nilame outfit and the other in a ‘distorted’ outfit similar to the traditional Kandyan female clothing – behaved in a manner which ‘disgraced’ the traditional outfits.

Accordingly, he requested all the footage of the relevant scenes to be destroyed.

Police are conducting further investigations into the matter.

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