Cerita Ramayana (The Plot of Ramayana)
The Ramayana Ballet an Hindu epic is performed against the backdrop of the Prambanan temple walls of Java’s greatest and most lavish monument. This temple is in Yogyakarta is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.. It situated 18 kms to the east of Yogyakarta, constructed in the 10th century. This Shiva temple soars to about 47 meters in height and has statues of Shiva, Vishnu, Nandi, Ganesha and Durga. This unforgetable spectacle of the Kecak form of dance is dramatically rendered by ornately dressed dancers, accompanied by gamelan orchestras. It is a folklore version of the Ramayana.
Prabu Janaka, the king of Mantili Kingdom, has a very beautiful princess named Dewi Shinta. A competition is conducted in order to decide who will be the right person to marry Dewi Shinta. The prince of Ayodhya Kingdom, Rama Wijaya at last wins the competition.
Prabu Rahwana, the ruler of Alengkadiraja Kingdom, is eager to marry Dewi Widowati. After knowing Shinta, he assumes that Dewi Shinta is the incarnation of Dewi Widowati whom he is wanting for a long time.
Rama Wijaya, the prince of Ayodya Kingdom along with his wife Shinta accompanied by his younger brother Leksmana is adventuring until they arrive in Dandaka forest. Meeting Shinta in the place, Rahwana becomes eager to possess her. In order to realize this idea, Rahwana orders one of his followers named Marica to change himself into a golden deer called Kijang Kencana so as to attract Shinta. Being interested in the beauty of the deer, Shinta asks Rama to capture the deer for her. Rama leaves Shinta and starts hunting the deer.
After waiting for a long time, Shinta becomes nervous as Rama has not arrived yet. She asks Leksmana to look for Rama. Before leaving Shinta alone. Leksmana draws a magic circle on the ground so as to protect her from any possible danger.
As soon as Rahwana notices that Shinta has been left alone, Rahwana tries to kidnap Shinta but he falls because of the magic circle. Then he disguises as an old beggar. As soon as Shinta gets out from the magic circle to give alms to the beggar, he takes her and flies with her to Alengka Kingdom.
Running after the Deer
Rama shoots the deer with his magic arrow, but the deer transforms into giant Marica. A war breaks out between Rama and Marica. Rama shoots Marica with his arrow. Later on Leksmana arrives and requests Rama to go back to Shinta’s place.
On the way to Alengka, Rahwana meets a bird named Jatayu. After noticing that Shinta is the princess of Prabu Janaka, Jatayu attacks Rahwana in order to free Shinta but he is defated by Rahwana.
After finding out that Shinta is not in her previous place, Rama and Leksmana decide to search for Shinta. Later on they meet seriously wounded Jatayu. Rama thinks it must be Jatayu who has kidnapped Shinta. Rama decided to kill him but Leksmana prevents him to do so, Jatayu explains what has happened to him and then he dies.
A moment later, a white monkey named Hanuman arrives. He is delegated by his uncle Sugriwa to look for two heroes who can kill Subali. Subali is a sacred man and has taken Dewi Tara, Sugriwa’s beloved woman by force, Rama decides to help Sugriwa.
When Subali, Dewi Tara and his son are chatting, Sugriwa arrives. With the help of Rama, Sugriwa attacks him. Subali is defeated by Sugriwa and he takes Dewi Tara with him again, Sugriwa decides to help Rama to look for Shinta. For this purpose, Hanuman is sent as envoy to Alengka Kingdom.
Rahwana’s niece, Trijata is confronting Shinta in the garden. Rahwana arrives and asks Shinta’s willingness to be his wife. Shinta refuses to do so. This makes Rahwana angry and wants to kill her but Trijata prevent and said that he should be patient and Trijata promises to look after Shinta. It was when Shinta was really sad that suddenly she starts to hear a beautiful song which is sung by Hanuman, the white monkey. Hanuman tells his purpose to help her, and this duty is ordered by Rama. As soon as he explains the purpose, Hanuman starts to find out the total power of Alengka army. Then he destroys the garden. Indrajid, Rahwana’s son captures him, Kumbakarna tries to prevent this, but he is thrown out of the kingdom. Hanuman is sentenced to be burnt alive. Hanuman with fire around his body burnt Alengka palace.
After delegating Hanuman, Rama and his ape troops go to the sea and make a bridge for running to Alengka. When the bridge is finished, Hanuman comes and reports about the Alengka’s situation and its troops power. Receiving the report, Rama is very happy and commands Hanuman, Hanggada, Hanila and Jembawan to lead the troops to attack Alengka.
The Total War
When the giant troops of Alengka are on their guard at their country boundary, they are suddenly attacked by the ape troops. Therefore a big war occurs between them. In this war Indrajid is killed by Laksmana, Kumbakarna, the younger brother of Rahwana died as a patriotic hero. After the death of Kumbakarna Rahwana finally became the commander of the Alengka troops to face Rama. In this war, Rahwana is killed by Rama’s arrow and Hanuman drops the Mount Sumawana on Rahwana.
The Meeting of Rama and Shinta
After the death of Rahwana, Shinta accompanied by Hanuman meets Rama, Rama refused to accept her as he considers Shinta is not pure anymore. In order to prove her purity, Shinta burn herself. With the help of God of fire, Shinta is saved from the fire. Her proof makes Rama happy and finally accepts Shinta
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This dance ballet is performed at
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Borobudur, Prambanan Ratu Boko
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