Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kecak and Fire Dance

Shown in Uluwatu, Bali Indonesia, Kecak is a Balinese dance which is accompanied by a choir of seventy men and has its origin in an old ritual dance called the “Sanghyang” dance.

In this dance, a person in a state of trance communicates with the deities or ancestors. Using the dancers as a medium, the deities convey their wish in the 1930’s to include the old Indian epic Ramayana into dance.
This is the epic tale of “Rama at Sita”.

The amphitheater is located at the cliff near the Uluwatu temple facing the sunset and sea.

See the video to glimpse the Kecak and Fire dance.

Plot: Rama was exiled from Ayoda by his father King Dasarata. Accompanied by his wife Sita and his younger brother Laksamana, they went into the forest called Dandaka. While they were there the demon king Rahwana found them and lusted after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana kidnapped Sita with the help of his Prime Minister Marica who disguised as a golden deer to lure Rama and Laksamana away from Sita. Discovering the deception, Rama and Laksamana set out to rescue Sita with the help of huge army of monkeys under the command of King Hanoman. And then Rama succeeds to rescue Sita.

Note: The show presents only some episodes of this epic

The first part of the show was a little bit serious but on the later part when Hanoman (the monkey king) joins the group it becomes funny and hilarious.

How to get there?
About 45mins from Denpasar Airport in Bali Indonesia. 

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