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Sendratari Tantri  

by on Friday, 26 June 2009One Comment | 2,355 views


Tantri can be classified as an individual genre in Balinese literature, deals mainly with fables; Tantri is similar to Aesop’s fables in Western literature. In its story, the Tantri usually gives moral teaching, promoting good deeds and wise judgement.

On Saturday, 6/23/07, a theatrical performance based on Tantri story entitled Sadhu Kerti was performed in Bali Art Festival by Semara Kusuma Troupe from Payangan, Ubud, Gianyar Regency. This performance was led by I Nyoman Dharma, S.Ag, musical accompaniment was composed by Dewa Putu Berata, S.S.Kar, and the choreographer was Ni Wayan Serini, S.Sn.

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Here is the synopsis of the story: Deep in a peaceful forest, on the slope of Mount Kawi lived a hermit, Dukuh Suladri and his daughter Ni Kusuma Sari, side by side with animal and plants in harmony. Dukuh Suladri and his daughter were befriended with all animal in the jungle.

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Meanwhile, in a village lived a hunter named I Wayan Buyar, he killed many animals and destroy the forest. He went to the forest and killed animal for food and fun.

One day, I Wayan Buyar met Ni Kusuma Sari in the forest. He wanted to rape her but a tiger, friend of Dukuh Suladri and Ni Kusuma Sari appeared, saved her and attacked I Wayan Buyar.

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I Wayan Buyar was almost killed by the tiger, but the wise Dukuh Suladri saved him and forgave all his wrongdoings. I Wayan Buyar promised to stop hunting; this made the forest on the slope of Mount Kawi peaceful once again.

Editor’s Note:

Photos are taken from Bali Arts Festival 2007.

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  • One Comment »

    • Byron Pederson said:

      The story behind this is nice. It is really inspiring. Good thing I stumbled upon in your post.

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