*I copied (with some minor changes) the description of Kecak and Fire Dance from the paper I received at Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
At the ticket purchasing area, they ask the tourists where they are from. Then, they give each one a paper with the brief story Ramayana, part of which is written below. We got the English version.
“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 sanghyang dance, a person in a state of trance communicates with the deities or ancestors. Using the dancers as a medium, the deities or ancestors convey their wishes. In the 1930’s, the old Indian epic Ramayana was included into the dance.
Briefly the story runs as follows: Due to a wise prince of 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 younger brother, Laksamana, he went 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 (Rahwana) prime minister Marica, they made a trick to steal Sita. Using his magic power, Marica transformed himself into a golden deer. Disguised as a golden deer, they succeeded in luring Rama and Laksamana away from Sita. Rahwana, making use of this opportunity, kidnapped Sita and took her to his palace, Alengka. Discovering the deception, Rama and Laksamana set out to rescue Sita from the clutches of the demon king, assisted by a huge army of monkeys under the command of their king (Hanoman). Rama succeeded in getting his wife back safely.”
The kecak performance we witnessed was composed of four acts: Rama Sita and golden deer (I), Sita, Rahwana, Bagawan and Garuda (II), Twalen, Rama, Laksamana and Hanoman (III) and Sita, Trijata and Hanoman (IV).
The video below shows the introduction of kecak and fire dance.
Other parts of kecak and fire dance:
This is the end part of kecak and fire dance.
Nitty Gritty Details
|Particulars (Days 3 and 4)||Local Currency||US Dollars|
|Whole Body Massage (Carla Spa)** + tip||IDR 60,000 + IDR 20,000||$6.15|
|Lunch Day 3 (Fajar Resto) Tamie a la Fajar||IDR 19,000||$1.46|
|Pasalubong (Agung Bali)||IDR 205,000||$15.76|
|Car + fuel + driver + parking fees from Kuta to Uluwatu and vice versa||IDR 150,000 (IDR 300,000/2)||$11.53|
|Entrance Fee (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)||IDR 20,000||$1.54|
|Ticket for kecak and fire dance||IDR 100,000||$7.69|
|Dinner Day 4 (along Uluwatu Beach) + tip||IDR 240,000***(IDR 480,000/2)||$18.45|
|Tip to driver||IDR 50,000||$3.84|
|Tip to Kumang||IDR 10,000||$0.77|
|Breakfast Day 4 (from a street vendor) Rice with chicken||IDR 7,000||$0.54|
|Tip to driver||IDR 20,000||$1.54|
|Plane ticket from Bali to Yogyakarta (Lion Air)||IDR 579,065||$44.52|
** The massage at Carla Spa is not great, as expected with the price. Our driver warned us that a massage that costs IDR 60,000 (US $4.63) would be “touch touch”. He was right, it was just “touch touch” for an hour. Their strong massage would not pass as one in the massage parlors in Manila. On the bright side, the masseuses were friendly.
***Dinner was expensive relative to what Virg and I had been eating prior to the Uluwatu dinner. The place is a contact of the tour agency. We did not order the set meals (which cost upwards of IDR 950,000 or US $73.25), but had fish and chips and calamares instead. Our order came with soup, a huge bowl of rice, side dishes and two small fruit platters. It has beautiful view of the water and fine white sand, but we arrived there after 7pm. We were not able to appreciate the view, but it is perfect for couples who want to have romantic dinner. They have accommodating and overly friendly waiters