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Classical Dance Srimpi

Srimpi Sekar Teja Dance” or well known as “Srimpi Teja” is a classical dance of the Yogyakarta Palace created by King VIII (Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII, 1921-1939). The Classical Dance Srimpi Teja was originally a development of Chinese Srimpi which emerged during the time of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono VI. The Classical Dance Srimpi Teja was gracefully performed by four female dancers accompanied by four other dancers.

Srimpi Teja dance is taken from the story “Menak” chronicle. This dance tells about a story of princess Dewi Rengganis from Argapura Hermitage fighting against Dewi Widaninggar, a Chinese princess from the State of Tartaripura. Dewi Widaninggar wants to avenge the death of her sister, Dewi Adaninggar. Therefore this dance is also known as ‘Srimpi Rengganis mengsah Widaninggar’.

Yogyakarta is rich in cultural activities as a method of communication art among the royal families and the common people. It is also an artistic creation from one King to another which has different stories and characters.