Legong Keraton Painting-DSW4-0816
Legong Keraton Painting
Legong Keraton Painting. This dance is sacred. This dance is performed in temples for Hindu religious ceremonies. This painting is made of oil paint on canvas. Besides, it is made by a real artist from Bali.
History of Legong
The emergence of Legong dance comes from the palace in Bali. In the second half of the 18th century. It is said that this dance was born from the dream of a royal prince. Folklore believes that a prince named Sukawati had a dream when he was sick. In his dream, the prince saw 2 women dancing very gracefully. Accompanied by traditional Balinese gamelan music. The dance movements that are performed and the music made by Prince Sukawati are assisted by the bendesa or Ketewel traditional leaders. After recovering, he then taught it to the women in the kingdom. From this event, the very sacred Legong dance is known to this day.
From the palace to be known by the public. So this dance is performed by several dance teachers from various villages. Such as the villages of Saba, Bedulu, Peliatan, Clandis and Sukawati. Besides, Master teaches his students. As well as using legong as the main part in the odalan ceremony. Furthermore, this dance also developed into a dance in religious events or animist beliefs. So that Legong Dance cannot be separated from the culture of the Hindu palace and Hindu Dharma.
Meaning of Legong Keraton
Legong dance contains elements or themes about religious values. As well as history in Balinese culture. Movement in this dance is a form of expression of gratitude. And thanks to the Balinese people for their ancestors. Which gives abundant blessings to his descendants. But along with the times. The meaning of the Legong dance is not only limited to that. But also transformed into a dance entertainment. It even becomes a welcoming dance that attracts tourists. There are various elements in Legong performances. Or the process that makes it more interesting. The composition includes musical instruments, dancers, clothing, makeup, stage decorations and so on.