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Janger Kolok (Deaf-Mute)  

by on Sunday, 7 November 2010One Comment | 513 views

Some people underestimate on disabled people. Some people think the disabled people can’t do anything even for themselves. It could be right but the deaf-mute people in Bengkala village prove this totally wrong. They have considerable expertise in entertaining others through dancing Janger despite the fact that they can’t hear the musical accompaniment.

Bengkala village is situated on Kubutambahan district, Buleleng regency, northern area of Bali. 2% from total population of 2.216 is deaf-mute people. However surprisingly they are accepted as normal people, they do what normal people do. Even some of them said to the media that their disability needs not to be regretted. And here they are. They are successful to change people’s thought about them even more give a real action to prove they deserve to gain the normal life.

Besides indulging in daily activity such as plough the field, secure the village as security officer, and stones seeker, some of these disabled people are also the artists. They are the members of sekaa-a group- of Janger Kolok, a Janger for deaf-mute people. The famous Janger in Bali is modified so that these disabled people can dance without hearing musical accompaniment.

For your information Janger is a social dance which is danced by a group of women and a group of men. The female dances an ordinary Balinese dance accompanied by Balinese traditional instrumental music. The male dance Kecak dance while saying kecak-kecak-kecak fast. So how the deaf-mute people do this?

Janger Kolok is danced also by a group of deaf-mute women group and a group of deaf-mute men group. The female dancers sometimes launch unmatched movement toward the Balinese traditional instrumental music. This is funny. In the meantime, the male try to pronounce ‘kecak’ but failed while dancing. The attraction is artistic but funny at the same time. Many audiences, foreigners and locals, love watching this show. Hence some hotels have invited them to show their ability in front of huge number of people.

Nobody is perfect. But somebody who is imperfect can also add value to himself. Bengkala deaf-mute people have proven this. And they are successful.

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