Ramayana Ballet / Sendratari Ramayana is the most spectacular performance in Yogyakarta that held in open theater of Prambanan temple area. Performed by more than 150 artists, this mythical world is illustrated through the combination of beautiful dance, drama and music that set for a centuries-old’s love story.
Visiting Prambanan Temple in Jogja will never complete without watching the Ramayana Ballet (Sendratari Ramayana) that based on epic Hindu’s story. It is the most spectacular performance in Yogyakarta that held in open theater of Prambanan temple area. Ramayana story presented in this performance is similar to that engraved on Prambanan temple’s walls.
Performed by more than 150 artists, this mythical world is illustrated through the combination of beautiful dance, drama and music that set for a centuries-old’s love story. The long Ramayana story is summarized into four scenes, namely the kidnapping of Shinta, Anoman’s mission to Alengka, the death of Kumbakarna or Rahwana, and the reuniting of Rama-Shinta.
The story begins when Rama win the contest to marry Prabu Janaka’s daughter named Shinta. When both couple wandering around Dandaka forest, they met Rahwana (the evil king) that was eager to possess Shinta since she was said as the reincarnation of a woman that he had been seeking for long, goddess Widowati. He then successfully abducting Shinta and bringing her to his kingdom.
Hanuman, a white monkey, the leader of the monkey tribes who aligns with Rama in his fight against Rahwana is succeeded in taking Shinta back. He is reunited with his wife, but he does not believe she is pure and refuses to accept her. To prove her purity, Sita steps into the fire to burn herself. She is saved by the God of Fire, and this proof satisfies Rama who accepts her. And they all live happily ever after.
The magical set of the stage that put Prambanan temple as the background and the scene where Hanuman was lit the fire (Hanuman Obong) at the Alengka Palace, is truly fascinating under moonlight. The outdoor theatre brings the performance to life, with real fire and flames. The 2-hour performance serves very dynamic attraction and acrobatic with graceful dance to humorous play.
Ramayana Ballet previously was only performed on full moon in the open stage, but now it is performed three times a week. It is performed in two areas at Prambanan; Open Stage Theatre (May-October) during dry season and Trimurti Stage Theatre/Indoor (November-April) during rainy season. Plan your visit and arrange your trip with us to watch Ramayana Ballet and other Jogja trip programs.