Classical Court Dance Puro Pakualaman
The court ceremony to commemorate the birthday (Wiyosan Dalem) of K.G.P.A.A. Paku Alam VIII is always solemnly conducted in the great and splendid hall Sewotomo of Puro Pakualaman. Prior to the ceremony, some traditional offerings and ritual meal have been done. The hall is decorated beautifully as in accordance with a long years of court tradition. The most important ornaments are made from yellow coconut leaves.
This 90th Javanese birthday ceremony was a very special occasion, where Sri Paku Alam VIII invited local high ranking officials and other dignitaries with the performance of Bedaya Renyep. The word Renyep means beautiful or very bright. The seven ladies were dancing marvelously with accompaniment of gending (gamelan melody) Renyep.
The atmosphere in the hall was sacred, very guiet only the gamelan music played by Langenprojo court-employees was heard, exposing the dignity and grandeur of K.G.P.A.A. Paku Alam VIII. Except the philosophical intention of this Bedaya Renyep, it was showing something beautiful of the life and experience of Sri Paku Alam VIII: his coronation in 1937, his positive cooperation with Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX to develop Yogyakarta Special Region and his happy family life.
Dance Drama / Sendra Tari
The classical court dance in Puro Pakualaman is just natural if from the very beginning, it is also showing the sign of Joged (dance) Mataram. Sri Paku Alam I was also one the brightest son of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. Since Sri Paku Alam VII, the influence of Surakarta style was very strong, but it did not mean that strongly tradition of Yogyakarta character entirely changed. As the result thereof, some styles of Pakualaman were also created.
The Javanese arts and culture in gamelan, dance, wayang, tradition etc, contain various philosophical and symbolic meanings. A dancer who master the dance physical movements and spiritual meaning is comparable precisely to a man who can predict his life mission which can be achieved only by gamelan accompaniment. In fact, a gamelan melody is an illustration of the essence of life of human-beings.
Joglosemar Online is grateful to:
for the interview and the photos.
(Suryo S. Negoro)