The Tanah Lot 3 Days Event gave great entertainment to the audiences. On the first day, there was Tektekan Calonarang performance. The magical performance astounded the audiences especially when the dancers stab themselves with keris while accompanied by the Tektekan music.
Ratna Manggali is the title of the performance and even tough it has some funny parts done by the punkawan but the performance is still very magical and creepy. In the end of the show, men stabbed the Rangda and then stabbed himself. “The action carried out by the dancer is one of the attractions of the show and it often connected with magic power of body strength,” said Ni Kadek Sunintri, the one who play as Ratna Manggali.
The event which was held for three days was also performed children and women Gong Kebyar, newly created dance, slonding art, Ramayana play, Cak Okokan and others. “We are preparing to make Barong performance as a regular show in Tanah Lot. We are still trying to find the way to do it,” said the Operational Manager of Tanah Lot I Ketut Toya Adnyana.
The Regent of Tabanan Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti officially opened Tanah Lot 3 Days Event on Thursday, November 1, 2012. The opening is marked by the sound of gong which was witnesses by Toya Adnyana and the Head of the Committee Wayan Sudiana. Before giving her speech, the regent made a painting and visited some booths in the event. The regent stated that the art promoted in the event must come from Tabanan because there are many forgotten art and culture from Tabanan such as Oleg Tambulilingan and Pendet Dance.
The regent hoped that everyone takes part in preserving the art so it won’t be extinct or claimed by other countries. The regeneration to preserve the art must continue being done so the youth will know more about it. Sudiana in his report said that the event is to promote tourism as well as to preserve the art and culture of Bali especially those from Tabanan Regency. “Through the event, we hoped that the arts and culinary of Tabanan can give more variety for tourism in Tanah Lot,” he said.
There is great hope that trough the event, the number of tourist come to Tanah Lot will increase. He stated that the number of tourist come to Tanah Lot in the first 10 month of 2012 reached 2,101,074 tourists. “it increase 9% from the same period in the previous year,” he added.(BTN/015)