Photographer's Note

The beauty and charm of the delicate and feminine Legong dance is indisputable. It's hard to find any dance in Bali and in other places that comparable to the grace and beauty of the Legong.

Some of Balinese dances are now labeled as 'classic'. This classic label only is given to an art form that possesses exceptional quality and endurance to survive through many generations, and Legong is one of them.
The story of the birth of the Legong is no less intriguing than the Legong itself. In early nineteenth century, a prince in Sukhawati was in a coma condition caused by illness. In his comatose dream he saw two beautiful nymphs dancing a feminine and delicate dance. Not only did he see the dance, but he also heard the sound of music that accompanied it as well. Struck by the mysterious and beautiful sight and sound, later, after recovery of his health, he, together with artists of the village, transformed his imagination into reality. So, was born the Legong, another performing arts form.

We fascinatingly watched the Legong Dance performance in the courtyard of Ancak Saji Ubud Palace, which was built in the 16th century.

This particular picture is from a dance theme called Puspa Wristi (rain of flowers) a ritual dance in which dancers bring offerings for a temple ceremony. The dancers here greeted the viewers with flower rains.

I tried to keep a part of stage in the frame as well & on the left the golden coloured ghoulish faced object one can see is in fact the side-board of a Gamelan the wonderfully sounding instrument which is so typically Indonesian.

Focal length 66 mm
ISO 200

PS : I have to admit that taking photographs, of such a dance performance is not easy, at least with my camera, because of the constant movement of the dancersIve ended up with lots of motion blurred pictures of this performance.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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