Dancing in Bali

In Bali is this danceform,performed by the ocean’s shore. Scores of enchantresses and surreal men dance around in perfect harmony to the tune of the waves wading into the island, their vibrant costumes fluttering in the wind.

They enact the ancient hindu epic of Ramayana, which tells the story of how a beautiful young princess gets married to a prince who is the the epitome of virtue and why both of them in the end commit suicide. The dance revolves around the part of the story where princess Sita is abducted by the demon-king Ravana and Rama the prince , leads an army of monkey-faced titans to defeat the demons and rescue Sita.

Hundreds of people put on the costumes of the demons and the titans dancing the war to its rhythmic conclusion of death . They are the decimated, slaughtered demons one day :another day they are the victorious titans. They trip around happily to the mystic, calm music of the slow dance without a care about the certain death or triumph awaiting them.

One might be the virtuous Rama a given day : another day he wears the costumes of Ravana. They dance as if the chosen roles of virtue and sin does not matter, as if the point is to dance and dance is the only thing that will go on. The ocean serves as a perfect backdrop, every drop dancing as if the ocean.

13 Responses to Dancing in Bali

  1. aqua September 20, 2006 at 10:35 am #

    bvn, nice one. Keep the good work.

  2. Anonymous September 20, 2006 at 5:52 pm #

    The epic in a nutshell? ;)))))

    ~NJ

  3. Neers September 21, 2006 at 4:08 am #

    the colors so vibrant!! and the write up… colorful images… liked it!

  4. b v n September 21, 2006 at 7:21 am #

    Aqua, Thank you 🙂

    Nina, Ramayana for dummies 🙂 *as understood by a dummy*

    Neers, my infringed collage 🙂

  5. starry nights September 21, 2006 at 4:42 pm #

    beautiful write up and picture, did you paint it?

  6. Tanushree September 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    the background of your post does compliment the post itself….
    wonderful…the dance of good and evil…

  7. Bombay Dosti September 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    yep thats it!!!and very well put or painted!
    No rama or ravana… its all there like this collage of yours …

  8. Bombay Dosti September 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    thats it.. .wow.. the fact that rama and ravan are all there , right there in us .. absolutely wonderful… the point is keep dancing …

  9. Ash September 24, 2006 at 8:36 pm #

    Love the abstract artwork….

  10. alex September 24, 2006 at 8:36 pm #

    Interesting. It would be awesome to view them.

  11. b v n September 25, 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    starry, thank you (i wish i did)

    tanushree,thanks a lot 🙂 *actually the post was inspired by a travel channel documentary abt Bali*

    bombay dosti, thank you 🙂 its not my collage,but i stole it. I remember the day you stole the show as Ravan and beat me hands down to win mock press.I’m a big Ravan fan after that :))

    ash, thank you on behalf of its real owner

    alex, Bali is amazing man

  12. Velu Nair September 30, 2006 at 4:25 am #

    The exotic ambience was right here, as I went through ur lines, that prompted a Google search on Bali! Finely penned!!

    🙂

  13. b v n October 2, 2006 at 2:05 am #

    Velu, Bali looks and feels the same as our little kerala…you know places like kuttanadu,kavaalam n all

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