Ramayana Ballet is Java’s Most Spectacular Dance Drama

The magnificent floodlit Candi Shiva Mahadeva | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – I have some pretty cool to share from Yogyakarta, where International Travel Bloggers spent much of last month.

one night in Jogja we went to Ramayana Ballet in Prambanan temple to find out what Java’s most magical mystery dance-drama. It was WONDERFUL!

Well, Ramayana Ballet held at the outdoor theatre just west of the main temple complex, the famous Ramayana Ballet is Java’s most spectacular dance-drama.

The story of Rama and Shinta unfolds over four successive nights, twice or three times each month from May to October (the dry season), leading up to the fullmoon.

With the magnificent floodlit Candi Shiva Mahadeva as a backdrop, nearly 200 dancer and gamelan musicians take part in a speactacle of monkey armies, giants on stilts, clashing battles and acrobatics.

Performances last from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are sold in Yogyakarta through the tourism information office and travel agencies at the same price you’ll pay at the theatre box office, but the usually offer packages that include transport direct from your hotel.

There are no bad seats in the amphitheatre, all have a good view and are not too far from the stage. But, I like VVIP seat.

Opening of Ramayana Ballet | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

Rama found Shinta at Ramayana Ballet | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

Candi Shiva Mahadeva as a backdrop | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

Rahwana armies at Ramayana Ballet | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

Beautiful dancers at Ramayana Ballet | Camera Sony alpha NEX-7

The story begins when Prabu Janaka held a contest to determine the would-be husband for Shinta, his daughter that finally was won by Rama Wijaya. The scene is continued with the adventure of Rama, Shinta and Rama’s younger brother named Laksamana in Dandaka forest. There, they met Rawana that was eager to posses Shinta since she was considered the reincarnation of goddess Widowati, a woman that he had been seeking for long.

In order to attract Shinta’s attention, Rahwana changed one of his followers named Marica into a deer. The effort was successful when Shinta was attracted and asked Rama to chase the deer. When Rama did not show up after a while, Laksmana went to find Rama and left Shinta herself by protecting her with a magic circle around her in order that nobody would be able to kidnap her, including Rahwana. The protection failed to keep Shinta in the place since Rahwana succeeded in kidnapping her by changing himself into Durna character.

At the end of the story, Hanoman, the white, powerful monkey succeeded in taking Shinta from Rahwana. When she returned, however, Rama did not trust her anymore. He considered Shinta disgraced. In order to prove her virginity and holiness, Shinta was asked to burn herself. Shinta proved her holiness when she was not burned at all even she became more beautiful. Finally, Rama accepted her as his wife.

It was FREAKING AMAZING!! That dance-drama was soooooooo beautiful.

Loving life.

I had such a great time! It was a really wonderful way to spend an evening.

Ooh So happy!! I knew a girl from ‘Borobudur temple’ here too. This is very sweet!

More information about Ramayana Ballet, visit borobudurpark.co.id

Happy Green Travels!

Travel Junkie Indonesia was a guest of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy for the excellent #Travel2Indonesia trip.

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