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The Story of Kecak Dance

The story of Kecak Dance

The Kecak Dance is a traditional Balinese dance, which is not accompanied by any instruments, but a choir of men. The choir sits in rows circling a one meter high oil lamp with several branches. Their movements imitate nature, as they portray wind, fire and trees.

This story is an excerpt from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery. Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana go in to the forest of Dandaka.

The trio has been observed by the demon king Rahwana, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his Prime Minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest. When Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer and his brother Laksmana follows. Sita is left alone inside a magic circle to protect her. Rahwana uses this opportunity to trick Sita to step outside the circle and he kidnaps her and brings her to his palace.

Rama and Laksmana set out to rescue Sita from the clutches of the demon king. They are joined by an army of monkeys under the command of their leader; Sugriwa who engage in battle with Rahwana’s army controlled by his son, Meganada, but in the end good prevails. Rama defeats the evil king and succeeds in getting his wife back