Last month, I got pictures of Ramayana Ballet Dance Performance at Prambanan Temple. My friend is working in the TWC (Taman Wisata Candi) management. So, I am sorry that I didn’t put any watermark on the pictures but I’ve told you that these are pictures from the TWC photographers that my friend who works in TWC gave them to me. I am interested in writing this because I want to show you the other arts and Hindu history in Indonesia. Please enjoy the story and photo of my friends who did the ballet dancing.
A story of Ramayana is adapted from Indian folks which become Indonesian famous legend and it is performed in a ballet dance. The characters of Javanese dance which is always moving gently along with the Javanese rhythm in attractive costumes and also the stunning Prambanan Temple as the background of the performance makes this tourist attraction should belong to your list to do when visit Yogyakarta.
The king Rama who married to Shinta were in romance. Before Rahwana the cruel giant came to kidnap Shinta, the legend couple in Ramayana story was living happily in a kingdom with their beloved brother of Rama, Lesmana who is always loyal to his brother.
Meanwhile, Rahwana has belief that Shinta is the body of Princess Widowati whom he really loves and want to marry with. One day, Rahwana tried to attract Rama with a deer so he can kidnap Princess Shinta. The deer is actually one of the troops of Rahwana who is changed into a beautiful elegant deer.
Shinta really loves the deer as the deer has a beautiful look and Rama wants to hunt the deer for her beloved wife. While Rama was busy hunting the deer, Princess Shinta is kidnapped by Rahwana and bring her to his palace.
Heading to Alengka or Rahwana’s palace, they meet Jatayu an eagle that is friend of Shinta’s father. He fought Rahwana to get Princess Shinta from him but unfortunately he lose.
Meanwhile, Rama succeed to hunt the deer but the deer changed into a giant and he fought with the giant. After finished fighting the giant, Lesmana who had duty to keep Princess Shinta was asked by worry Shinta to look for Rama and finally he found Rama. Then they found that Shinta was not in her place. They got information from Jatayu that Shinta was kidnapped by Giant Rahwana.
Rama and Lesmana decided to go to Rahwana’s palace. On the way to Alengka, they met a white monkey called Hanuman who were looking for a knight to help his uncle Sugriwa to fight his cruel brother Subali. Rama helped them and also told Hanuman about his wife, then Sugriwa asked Hanuman to help Rama.
Hanuman went to Alengka to get to know where Shinta is living and what he can do to fight Rahwana. Shinta noticed that there was white monkey and Hanuman came to her explaining that Rama asked him to pick her up.
Hanuman caught by the brother of Rahwana and they wanted to punish Hanuman by burning him. He succeed to escape himself then he got back to Rama and told him what happened.
Then, they went to Alengka and fought Rahwana and his soldiers. Rahwana died because of Rama’s the powerful weapon. Rama succeed to fight the cruel giant who has been kidnapping his wife.
Finally, Rama wanted to meet Princess Shinta but he is regret that Shinta is still in holy condition. Then Princess Shinta put herself into the fire to prove that she is still holy and has not had sex with Rahwana. Shinta is still alive because of she told the truth and fire god helped her. Then Rama and Shinta is getting back to their kingdom.
The performance of Ramayana Ballet can be seen at Prambanan Temple where you can book the ticket first or you can go to the Temple directly. Rama and Shinta is the symbol of endless love in Ramayana story. That is why they are always put together in some decorations that you will see while you are visiting Yogyakarta.