When in Bali you simply must view the Kecak or Monkey Dance that will truly make your visit to Bali more special. Taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the Kecak dance is perhaps the most dramatic. The dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil King of Lanka, performed by a group of at least 50 men who dance in a circle around blazing bamboo torches.
The chorus of men, who provide the orchestral accompaniment with complex and varied chants that company their swaying movements. The only music to accompany them are the beats of their palms hitting their chests, their thighs, or other parts of their bodies, or their claps, rhythmically accompanied by shouting and chanting. Flickering torches provide lighting and an enchanting atmosphere.
You can watch the dance in different towns around Bali. I’ve visited them in Ubud but I know you can also watch it during sunset at the Uluwatu temple.
Check out the photo gallery of the Kecak Dance in Ubud.
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