Kecak is one of famous Balinese Culture Show. Don’t say you visit Bali without enjoying Kecak & Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple, Desa Adat Pecatu at 08:00. The show starts at 06:00 pm when the sunset began. Before getting into the area of the show, we had to pay admission and should wear sarong / scarves that can be borrowed at the entrance area. The entrance fee is around Rp 100,000 / person.
Kecak is the most unique Balinese dance which is not accompanied by any orchestra/ gamelan, but by a choir of seventy men it has its origin in an old ritual dance “Sanghyang or Trance Dance”. In the Sahyang dance a person in a state of trance communicates with the deities or ancestors. Using the dancers as medium, the deities or ancestors convey their wishes in the 1930’s the old Indian epic Ramayana was include into the dance.
Due to a wise prince Ayodya Rama the legal heir to the throne of Ayodya was exiled from the realm of his father Dasarata. Accompanied by his wife Sita and his young brother Laksamana they wen into a forest called Dandaka. While they were in the forest the demon king Rahwana found them and lusted after the beautiful SIta. Accompanied by his prime Minister Marica, they made a trick to steal Sita. Using his magic power Marica transformed himself into golden deer. Disguised as a golden deer they succeed in luring Rama and Laksamana away from Sita. Rahwana making use of this opportunity, kidnapped Sita and took her to palace Alengka. Discovering the deception Rama and Laksamana, set out to rescue Sita from the clutched of the demon King assisted by the huge army of monkeys under the command of their king (Hanoman). Rama Succeeded in getting his wife back safely.#