Friday, August 15, 2014

Uluwatu Kecak Dance

Kecak is one of Bali traditional dance, the only musical instrument used to accompany the dance is the rhythmically but seemingly random chant "chak...chak...chak..." uttered by several dozen Balinese men. The men were sitting in a circle where the main dance is performed in the center. It delivers a trance-inducing atmosphere for the dancers.

Uluwatu kecak tells a story about the Hindu epic, Ramayana. It is a story about a wise prince named Rama and his beautiful wife Sita. Rama is the legal heir of the Ayodha kingdom but he is exiled from his father Dasarata's realm, he was accompanied by his brother Laksamana and Sita. During a journey across Dandaka Forest, the evil king Rahwana spotted the trio and he immediately lust for Sita, Rahwana tricked Rama and Laksamana thus successfully kidnap Sita and then brought her to his realm Alengka. Upon realizing Rahwana's tricks and deception Rama and Laksamana enlist the help of Hanoman, the mighty monkey king. The monkey king eventually succeeded to rescue Sita and managed to destroy Alengka during the process.

The most enchanting scenery of this whole performance is the venue, the dance was performed on the cliffside of Uluwatu temple complex on the southern part of Bali. Spectators can view the sunset as a backdrop for the entire performance although during this time I wasn't so lucky as the weather were a bit cloudy, but still it is a very memorable experience so make sure you take the front seats!

Kecak Dance
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