Kecak the Fire Dance and a Lovely Sunset

To choose between a magnificent sunset and a famous dance form can be pretty tricky, as both are equally beautiful and difficult to miss… Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers
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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.

Sharing this awesome sunset on #SkywatchFriday with other bloggers from around the world.

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 3-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

6 Comments

  1. October 26, 2018
    Reply

    I love how you framed shots 2 & 3. The open-air dance with the setting sun and ocean backdrop looks wonderful!

  2. Shubhra Rastogi
    October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks Peter…

  3. October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Sounds wonderful. Did you also visit Tanah Lot temple? It’s equally picturesque, and they have a kecak performance at sundown too. 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 27, 2018
      Reply

      Yes, I did visit Tanah Lot but in the morning and the same day we went to Uluwatu. Tanah Lot is also very picturesque.

  4. October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Lovely photos. I especially like the last one with the dramatic sky and the colourful clothing.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 28, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks for visiting…

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