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Tari Pendet a Traditional Dance from Bali Indonesia - The Indonesian Heritage Series

Updated on May 6, 2011

Tari Pendet or Pendet Dance is a traditional dance from Bali Indonesia that was originally a dance of religious worship. Tari Pendet is used to play in a Hindu's Temple in Bali. This dance symbolizes the reception on the descent of gods into the earth. Lately, over the development period, the Bali artists change this dance to be a welcome dance although it still contains of sacred-religious symbols

Tari Pendet Bali

The Author of Tari Pendet

Tari Pendet is created by two Balinese Dancers Maestro, Mr. I Wayan Rindi and Mrs. Ni Ketut Reneng in 1950.  Mr. Wayan Rindi is a Balinese Maestro that is known for his ability to compose and preserve the art of dance through generations.  He is teaching many Balinese Dance to including Tari Pendet to the society and the family.

In 1961 another Maestro Mr. I  Wayan Beratha processed the Tari Pendet again. Pattern of dance from I Wayan Beratha is used until now.

Children Perform Tari Pendet

About Tari Pendet

Unlike another performing dance that require intensive training, Tari Pendet could be danced by everybody, man and woman, children and adult people. This dance is taught simply by following the move from the leader usually is an elder or senior woman.

Tari Pendet is performed in groups or pairs. This dance is used to play after the Tari Rejang in a Pura's (Hindu Temple in Bali) yard and generally facing the direction of the sacred (Pelinggih) with ceremonial dress and each dancer brings sangku (Balinese traditional religious equipment), jars, bowls and another equipment of offerings.

Another varian of Tari Pendet is Tari Baris Pendet. If Tari Pendet usually performed by woman dancer, the Tari Baris Pendet is performed by man dancer that dances while carrying offerings (gifts to the gods). Tari Pendet is not just a traditional dance but more than that it is a Balinese life style. It's a part of Balinese cultural and religious life.

Balinese people used to learn Tari Pendet since young and wherever they are in the world, they could dance the Tari Pendet.

The Pendet Dancer

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Tari Pendet From Bali Indonesia


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      Fajar 3 years ago

      I just visiting Medhy Aginta's Blog and read about this iiretvnew. It's an honour for me to know you Mas Jauhari. I hope that more Indonesian Blogger could do similar thing like what you have done in the blogsphere.

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      Adel 3 years ago

      d There are many knowledge and irofnmation I got from I hope mas Medhy Aginta will keep this way to give, give and give. And I hope Allah SWT will give back that kindness be more and more. Through blogguebo I can visit this blog. Cheers Ismail

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for this piece of Indonesian heritage. I may use it in my world civilizations class in October.

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      erick 6 years ago

      i hope another country uncopied of pendet dance because it is the heritage of indonesian especially for bali..

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      bestvacation 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes I Love it !

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      Bali Beach 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. Nice hub! :)

      Pendet Dance milik Indonesia...

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      AIDA 7 years ago


      i like pendet dance

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Ade Cio, I've visited your blog and I love it, thank you for visiting!

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      Ade Cio 7 years ago

      Whatever, whoever and whenever couldn't make themselves and pretend to be someone else.....

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      I think all of you must to read the link.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      This was really a sensitive case in our country, but we have to realize that as an Indonesian, we sometime neglect our culture, when a case like this happened then we feel annoyed. Have a great day Prasetio :)

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      As Indonesia people, I have to support your hub. And support any kind of Indonesian Heritage. like "pendet" dance.Don't let this beautiful dance stolen by Malaysia.

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      mizan 8 years ago

      yeah i agreee

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      Zack 8 years ago

      Thank you,

      This is the month of Ramadan, for a largest community of Muslim as Indonesia and Malaysia, this issue is not suppose to happen. Anyway nice to have a chat with you. Take care.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi, good to see you again Zack! Yes I agree with you, that it will be great if we could avoid these mistakes. I hope in the future there is no incident like this anymore and hope we could respect, honor, live peacefully, and be friends as neighbors.

      Thank's for reading my hub anyway.

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      zack 8 years ago


      You are very open minded and you can think beyond my expectation. But unfortunately not all indonesian people like that. I mean not all maybe a few but this few people might blow up the whole thing. You know the race originally from indonesia,jawa, minang, bugis, acheh, banjar all share their culture here. I am not one of them but i really respect their culture. I agree we might have our mistake, but it will be better if both party could help each other to avoid this mistake(problem). It will be better like that. I read the news, they apologised, even our top leader coming to indonesia to settle this issue peacefully. I hope no issue will show up after this.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi zack, thank's for the comments. About the ads in discovery, actually the discovery channel has sent an apologized e-mail to our TV medias such as RCTI and Metro and I hope the ads controversy is over now.

      I know that the advertisement in discovery is not originally made by Malaysian, but since it's about Malaysian's culture and tourism, it's normal if people think it's made by Malaysian.

      And before the ads is released to the public, don't you think the Malaysian culture and tourism board should watch it first, to avoid a chaos like this ?

      Well, since we are very near neighbors and many of our brothers and sisters are doing mixed marriage, etc so there's a big possibility to have a culture assimilation, but I hope in the future you should ask our permission first before using it as we are civilized people.

      Have a great day Zack.

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      zack 8 years ago

      sorry...minang and jawa are originally from mistake...

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      zack 8 years ago

      Malaysian people have many races, minang and jawa from Malaysia also originally from Malaysia, that is why we are sharing the same culture, if the culture is yours and we from Malaysia are making mistake just highlight to us, we are civilised people, don't just make an unpeaceful demonstration to tell the whole world. People around the world are making fun of us. Anyway those advertisement in discovery is not originally by Malaysian. You should check it before you get mad. Just to have peace with you. I don't want people around the world laugh at us because of this.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Georgia, I appreciate your opinion but please don't be rude..ok ?! Thank You

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Reza, first of all I personally don't have any problem with Malaysian people (I feel blessed with Malaysian Pastor Mr. David Swan with his books ), but if you said that Indonesian people suddenly had a sour feeling towards your country, I think it's not right.

      There are many reasons :

      1. Malaysia claimed "rasa sayange, rasa sayang sayange " song that obviously from Maluku East Indonesia. From the culture and background its song represent East Indonesia's culture.

      2. How about your National Song "Negaraku" that has a same melody with our song "Terang Bulan" recorded in Solo Central Java, Indonesia (Lokananta Recording)

      3. How about wayang kulit ? it comes from Central Java Indonesia. But Malaysia put it in their tourism ads in Discovery channel, spread it to the world without permission before..?!

      4. How about Tari Pendet ? It comes from Bali, Indonesia. But Malaysia did the same as Wayang kulit.

      5. How about Angklung ? The Sundanese people invented it, but Malaysia tries to claim it. We are still in claiming battle process, if I'm not mistaken right ?

      6. Reog Ponorogo, it comes from East Java. You said it's yours.

      7. Even Saykoji's rap song (title : Tahukah Kau), is copied by your rapper (Joe fahrijal ) and he apologized to Saykoji. It means : It was true that he copied the song.

      and I think It's not just "small matters". It talked about respect and honour your neighbor (you said we are serumpun, right ?)

      Ok, my point is Indonesian people do not hate Malaysian. I hope we could learn from these matters, respect each others, bring harmony and peace in ASEAN, and still be friends.

      You said : "If I’m wrong, just give slap on my wrist, I’d say I’m sorry, let just forget it and get along."

      Gu Jun Pyo said : "If sorry is enough why there is a law and policeman ?"

      God Bless You :)

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      REza 8 years ago

      We here in Malaysia don’t know really, why are our brothers and sisters in Indonesia have sour feeling towards us, why suddenly? Jangan kerana nila setitik, rosak susu sebelanga or jangan marahkan nyamuk, kelambu dibakar. We are serumpun and being that we are of course share a lot of things, Saya faham apa kamu cakap … itu bahasa Indonesia kah? bahasa Malaysia kah? no problem bacause we are BROTHERS and SISTERS and don’t get carried away with small matters. As siblings we eat, sleep, solat, quarrel, laugh together … air dicincang tidak akan putus, don’t you think so? If I’m wrong, just give slap on my wrist, I’d say I’m sorry, let just forget it and get along.

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      agus fanani 8 years ago

      So let the world know that Pendet dance is originally from Indonesia.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia's truly Bali, Indonesia. I repeat... Indonesia :)

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      you are absolutely right! Tari Pendet is from Bali, Indonesia.

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      tempo dulu 8 years ago

      It's a lovely Balinese dance!