Nightlife in Bali is not only about visiting nightclubs and bars, but also comprises traditional activities and performances which are not influenced by the western traditions and have been a part of the island for generations. Ubud is one of the best places to see traditional Kecak dance and drama accompanied by superb traditional orchestras. For more than a century, it has been the island’s preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. Visitors to Bali Ubud usually end up at a temple dance. Throughout the years, dance and drama have played an important role in Balinese culture.
The Kecak dance or monkey dance has become a very popular show with tourists to Bali. The gamelan is not there. Rhythm is provided by a chanting ‘monkey’ chorus. The polyrhythmic sound of the chanting provides the name, Kecak. Taken from the Ramayana it tells the story of Rama, who with the help of the monkey army, tries to rescue his wife from the hold of the evil King Rawana. The scary lion-like Barong doing battle with the forces of evil, taken from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.
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