Among the myriad cultural delights that beckon visitors to this enchanting island is the mesmerizing Kecak Dance. Steeped in the mythical tale of Ramayana, this grand spectacle is frequently showcased during cultural festivities at popular tourist sites. For those who willing to have a vacation in Bali, delving into the Kecak Dance beforehand would be an astute choice.
Kecak Dance, Adaptation of Ramayana Story
Immersed in the story of the Ramayana, the Kecak Dance brings forth a captivating segment of this revered saga. At its heart lies the tale of Rama, a valiant king hailing from the Kingdom of Kosala in Ayodhya. According to Hindu mythology, Rama embodies the divine essence of Lord Vishnu, during the Tretayuga era. His renowned narrative revolves around his heroic quest to rescue his beloved wife, Sita or Sinta. She herself personifies Lakshmi, the revered consort of Lord Vishnu.
A Combination of Balinese Rituals and the Ramayana
Kecak dance originated in the 1930s through a collaboration between Wayan Limbak, a Balinese artist, and Walter Spies, a German painter. This enchanting dance debuted in various villages across Bali, including the picturesque Bona Village in Gianyar. The Kecak dance becoming a part of cultural festivities, ceremonies, and captivating performances that delighted both locals and visitors alike.
Renowned for “Cak-Cak-Cak“
The Kecak dance commences with a captivating display of male dancers draped in vibrant plaid-patterned cloth (kamen) from the waist up, gracefully chanting ‘cak-cak-cak‘ as their hands ascend, forming an intricate circle. The timeless characters of the Ramayana, including Sinta, Rama, Laksamana, and Hanoman, also add a touch of allure to this performance.
Gunung Payung Cultural Park
Gunung Payung Cultural Park offers a captivating experience for visitors exploring Bali Island. Perched atop a cliff, this enchanting destination boasts breathtaking vistas of the picturesque Gunung Payung Beach. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of cultural arts by witnessing awe-inspiring performances, including the mesmerizing Kecak Dance, at the park’s amphitheater. And as the golden-orange hues of sunset paint the sky, revel in the beauty of this moment while indulging in the artistic spectacles presented here.
Location: Jl. Gunung Payung, Kutuh, South Kuta, Badung, Bali
Opening Hours: Every day, 07.00 – 19.00 WITA
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