Gending Sriwijaya Dance, Colossal Dance Welcoming Guests in South Sumatra

Now, Gending Sriwijaya Dance is not only to welcome special guests. This dance is now sometimes performed at traditional events, such as weddings and other local community events in South Sumatra Province. 

IPHEDIA.com - Gending Sriwijaya is a traditional song and dance from people South Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Melody Sriwijaya's Gending song was played to accompany Gending Sriwijaya Dance.

Both the song and dance illustrate nobility culture, glory, and majesty Srivijaya Kingdom who once succeeded in uniting the western archipelago. Lyrics this song also illustrate a person's longing for an age where Srivijaya was once center Buddhist studies in the world.

This dance was held to welcome special guests who visited the area, such as head state Republic Indonesia, cabinet ministers, heads of state / government friendly countries, ambassadors or who were considered to be equal to it and others.

To welcome the great guests, a traditional dance was held, one of which was Gending Sriwijaya. This dance is said to originate from the heyday Sriwijaya empire in Palembang City which reflected the attitude host who was friendly, happy and happy, sincere and open to special guests.

Now, Sriwijaya Gending Dance is not only to welcome special guests. This dance is now sometimes performed at traditional events, such as weddings and other local community events in South Sumatra Province.

Sriwijaya Gending dance was performed by 9 young and beautiful dancers dressed in Indigenous Aesan Gede, Selendang Mantri, Paksangkong, Dodot and Tanggai. They are the core dancers who are escorted by two other dancers carrying umbrellas and spears. Being behind singer Gending Sriwijaya. But now roles singers and accompaniment music have been replaced by tape recorders / compact disks (CDs).

In its original form the accompaniment music consisted gamelan and gong. Meanwhile, the role bodyguard is sometimes negated, especially if the dance is performed in a closed building or stage.

The front dancer carries the tepap as a Limestone Betel to be presented to special guests who come, accompanied by two dancers who carry pridon made brass.

This offerings Sirih Betel was originally only done by the daughter king, sultan or aristocrat. Pridon bearers are usually best friends or caretakers princess's caretaker. Likewise, other dancers. (as/ip)

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