Bali Dances, Ubud

No visit to Ubud is complete without a visit to Saraswati Temple (better known as Lotus Temple) for a vibrant and dramatic night of traditional Bali dance.

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the dances in Bali, deeply routed in Hinduism and developed over time with a style of their own.

Balinese dance is very specialised and unique; I’m sure you won’t see anything quite like it elsewhere. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too, as it’s a silent play as much as a dance, portraying the Ramayana, a very popular Hindu story. Well, silent that is apart from the twangy string music of the musicians lining each side of the stage.

After I got back home from Bali, I told the tale of the Ramanya and the Bali dances through a short series of photos on my Instagram page. Here they are:

The scene is set. The stage is ready. The audience murmurs in anticipation as the musicians take their place.
The first chord is struck and there is an expectant silence…
This is Saraswati Temple in Ubud, and the traditional Bali dances are about to begin.
The story that is about to be told through dance is one of the most famous Hindu stories from the Ramayana.
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 by Rama’s stepmother.
The story begins in the forest of Dandaka, where Rama and Sita are accompanied by Rama’s brother, Laksmana. The trio have been observed by the demon Rahwana, who lusts after the beautiful Sita…

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Hindu offering on the stage for the dances in Ubud A photo posted by Amelia (@naughty_amelia_jane) on

 

Rama and Laksmana are about to have some company A photo posted by Amelia (@naughty_amelia_jane) on

 

Rahwana sends his son to the forest to engage Rama and Laksamana in battle. There’s a big drama during which good struggles against evil, involving magical dragons, monkeys, battles and the bird-king Garuda, who comes to the rescue. There is another battle, and Sita is rescued, bringing this section of the Ramayana to an end.

This story was portrayed beautifully through the typical and intricate movements of Bali dance. If you get the chance, I highly recommend you take in a show at Ubud Palace.

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The best way to book a seat in the outdoor theatre at Saraswati Temple is to visit during the day and find out what’s going on. Don’t worry, the men outside the gates dressed in traditional dress will be more than happy to sell you a ticket.

See all my photos from the Bali dances here.

What about you? Have you been to the Bali dances? What did you think?

Read more about Bali here.

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