background of Sendratari Jakatarub Yogyakarta style, is the Javanese
legend approaching the setting up of the kingdom of Mataram (16th
century), The story is as follows:
man, named Jakatarub one day goes hunting with a blow pipe. Coming
close to a lake, he sees heavenly nymphs bathing. jakatarub's heart
beats wildly, and he thinks how happy he would be if he could make
one of these bathing nymphs his wife. He thinks for a long time
and at last comes upon an idea. The nymphs have put their clothes
some distance from the lake, and Jakatarub steals the clothes of
the nymph he has in mind, Dewi Nawangwulan, and takes them home,
hiding them in the rice-barn. Then he returns quickly to the lake.
bathed in the lake long enough the nymphs decide to return to heaven,
and each quickly goes to fetch her own clothes. Dewi Nawangwulan
is startled when she sees that her clothes have disappeared. She
cries, and having been left by her friends, she Plunges into the
certain that his device will succeed, approaches Nawangwulan and
-asks her why she is in the lake by herself and why she does not
go home. Sobbing, she tells him that her nymph's clothes are lost,
and as a nymph she cannot fly back to heaven unless she finds them.
jakatarub offers to help her look for them, provided she will become
his wife. Nawangwulan agrees, and they go to jakatarub's home. From
their marriage is born a child who is to beget a line of kings of
day when Dewi Nawangwulan is taking rice from the rice-barn she
sees her hidden clothes. She quickly puts them on. Delighted that
she can return to heaven, but moved and filled with sadness that
she will leave her husband and child, she meets her husband and
tells him that the time has come that she is to return to heaven.
With mixed feelings of pleasure and sorrow, Dewi Nawangwulan flies
back to heaven, but jakatarub, bereft of his beloved wife, sadly
carries his child, who is still a tiny baby.
Gajah Mada is a modern sendratari created by Sodarsono (the author
of this book) for the Gajah Mada University ar Yogyakarta in 1970.
Its typical characteristic it that only female dancers who wear
scarf. The dance technique is still based on - Yogyakarta style
but combined harmoniusly with Surakarta style and Balinese style.
The story of this sendratari is based on a historical event of the
period of Majapahit (East Java) in the first half of the 14th century.
The story is as follows:
Gajah Mada, a village boy from the bank of the Brantas river, was
born around 1300. Being a leader of the Bayangkara troop,:he was
able to save the king of Majapahit, jayanegara, from the revolt
of Ra Kuti. As a preparation for the coming war, he begins to train
Ra Kuti and his followers: Semi, Pangsya, Wedeng, Yuyu, Ra Tanca
and Ra Banyak are amusing themselves with the ronggeng dancers.
Suddenly Gajah Mada appears, and he manages to rescue