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Purwakanthi seeks to preserve classic Surakartan Javanese dances in Jakarta

  • Spreading fragnance: Jasmine flowers decorate the heads of Bedhaya Menik dancers during the performance at Balai Sarwono in South Jakarta on May 31. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    Spreading fragnance: Jasmine flowers decorate the heads of Bedhaya Menik dancers during the performance at Balai Sarwono in South Jakarta on May 31. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

  • In harmony: The Bedhaya Ginuk dance group is made up of seven women aged 40 to 46. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    In harmony: The Bedhaya Ginuk dance group is made up of seven women aged 40 to 46. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

  • Show time: Women of various ages perform the Rantaya dance. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    Show time: Women of various ages perform the Rantaya dance. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

  • Beauty and strength: Henny Elvandari,59, a Rantaya dancer, poses for a photoshoot after the performance. Henny is the oldest dancer in Purwakanthi. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    Beauty and strength: Henny Elvandari,59, a Rantaya dancer, poses for a photoshoot after the performance. Henny is the oldest dancer in Purwakanthi. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

  • Young talent: Dinda, another Rantaya dancer, poses for a photo after the show. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    Young talent: Dinda, another Rantaya dancer, poses for a photo after the show. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

  • On stage: Maestro Sudarto performs the Gunung Sari mask dance during the Purwakanthi gathering at Balai Sarwono. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

    On stage: Maestro Sudarto performs the Gunung Sari mask dance during the Purwakanthi gathering at Balai Sarwono. JP/ Wienda Parwitasari

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