This week’s Music Monday is the lead song of the Peacock dance, tari Merak. It comes from Sunda region, West Java. Attention: there is also another version of Tari Merak and ditto lead song from Central Java.
This song is played with gamelan. My favourite part is that of kecapi, a string instrument which looks like Indian sitar.
I used to perform this gracious dance, depicting Peacock’s beautiful movements. The original costume is in green, blue or purple, the colours of peacock’s feathers. Mostly after the show I would linger around with the audience. People would love to touch the wings and young girls asked to take picture of me.
And that is what I have been missing, performing and the proud feeling of presenting my culture.
Enjoy tari Merak and have a good week!
Feature image is from Eng Wikipedia