Mata hari bungalow the hotel we stayed, from the breakfast hallAfter visiting few temples along the way we went to see the famous traditional dance of Bali called Kecak. Its Balinese dance cum drama performance orchestrated by male chorus (no music instruments used). A group of men sit in semi circle around a lighted lamp while the dancers perform scenes of Ramayana.
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We couldnt take many as our battery died out, at far end u can see hanuman on the treeThe”cak” sound became the base rhythm over which other performers sang and chanted mantras. I liked the performance of the “Sita” she looked beautiful and danced with intricate expressions and elegant steps. Every time she appeared on stage it smelled wonderful (must be a country perfume). After the happy ending, one of the performers acted like he was possessed by some demon and danced on fire!
This dance used to be a trance ritual used for exorcism. During 1930 a German painter got interested in this ritual and made it as drama cum dance performance to be presented to western audience. Then it became famous in and out of Bali. These days the demon possessed actors dance in fire every night, all around of Bali. Thanks to westernization, the ritual that was part of the culture is separated and molded into art that doesn’t vibe with them anymore!
The fire, smoke, strange orchestra and demon dances felt very spooky to me. Something in me wanted to get up and dance with them (demon I guess). After dinner we tasted the nightlife of Bali in a hot happening club and I got to dance like its no body’s business. I tried Bali Joe cocktail and it was smooth. The ambiance and music was so entertaining. We even got to see the Beyounce of Bali performing " All the single ladies ". The night life of Bali is
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, can u see Rama and Ravan on the door ?We had a late morning on Sunday and started to “Ulun Danu Bratan” temple that's located in a lake at the crater of what used be a volcano. On the way I asked the driver to stop at this valley.
Valley along the way to the temple, its Cabbage on the right
I walked around the strawberry farm, we couldnt understand each other but she was friendly
This is what " fresh from the farm" actually means ;)
I also tried local snacks, it tasted similar to Indian snacks, Emma this ones for you ;)More to come..