On our visit to Bali, we had gone to see the famous Kecak dance. The Kecak dance, pronounced like Kechak, is a famous form of Balinese dance form. This particular dance was originally a trance ritual with the male chorus. However, in 1930, a German musician, Walter Spies who at that time was staying in Bali, got interested in this music and adapted it in the form of a drama which was based on the Hindu Ramayana. The drama depicts the scenes from Ramayan, where Sita is made captive by Ravan and how Hanuman finds out where she is and how Ram fights Ravan and returns victorious to Ayodhya (very much similar to what we here in India know).
The dance is performed by almost 50-100 men, who sit in a circle around the traditional Balinese lamp. They chant the words “chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak” first in a slow rhythm and then the rhythm speeds up with their hands trembling in the air. Amid all this the Ramayan dancers who portray Ram, Lakshmana, Sita, Ravan, Hanuman and Jatayu present the story of how Sita was abducted and saved.
One of the popular places for this dance performance is at the Uluwatu Temple. This temple is also known as the Balinese Hindu Sea Temple. The temple itself is beautiful as it is built at the edge of a cliff which overlooks the sea. Here one can witness the Kecak dance every day at 6 in the evening.
Now the key take away of the temple and the dance is that it is performed in an open-air amphitheatre. When the dance starts it is really hot with the sun literally glaring and gradually the sun bows down to the performance and starts setting leaving behind a mesmerising sunset. One often wonders whether they were there for the dance or the sunset … as the sunset usually takes away the cake.
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