See the visual images of the refined, expressive movements of a classical Javanese dance in this dramatic, open-air retelling of the Ramayana with up to 200 dancers and dozens of accompanying musicians.

The Ramayana is a story of epical dimensions and living legend for millennia. Amongst the ancient literature, the tale of the heroic Prince Rama and his loyal wife Sita might be the most influential story. From the land of its birth in India, most of Indian people tend to refer to the story under the term Ramayana.

This Sanskrit epic spanning over seven kandas or books and 20.000 stanzas. To quote Malini Saran and Vinod C. Khanna in their book ‘The Ramayana in Indonesia’ the Ramayana is perhaps unparalleled in the history of world literature. In Indian tradition it was termed as adikavya, the first poem. In many scholarly works it was assumed that its original author was Valmiki.

In its origin, the Valmiki Ramayana is an oral composition. When he lived and wrote there can be no definite answer. But, it is relatively safe presumption that it was around the 1st century B.C. Since then, the Ramayana spread to near by countries by the end of the first millennium A.D.

The first historical mention of the Ramayana in Southeast Asia is a sixth century inscription in Cambodia. Then, the Ramakerti in Khmer version was known in around 16th to 17th century. In Indonesia (Java), at sometime around the end of the ninth century A.D. the story of Rama come from a sculptural narration at Prambanan temple and a poetic rendition in Old Javanese in Java and also in Bali.

After the coming of Islam in Java around the thirteenth century A.D. the Ramayana story continued to flourish and appeared in new manifestation the Hikayat Seri Rama and Serat Kanda Ramayanan represent two best story of Rama from the early centuries of the Islamic period in Indonesia.

Credits: Story

PT.Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko [PERSERO]

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Translate with Google