Nine countries, comprising Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, took part in the International Ramayana Festival at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta recently.
Presenting the Hindu epic Ramayana, troupes from the participating countries put their own twists on the epic according to their cultural backgrounds.
The diverse performance styles offered a distinctive attraction, with the contingents showcasing their unique takes complete with costumes, music and choreography.
The reliefs of the Ramayana classic carved on the walls of Prambanan Temple, which was built in the eighth century, were seemingly revived, constituting a portrayal of heroism, truth and loyalty. (Jakarta Post)