Young voices: Children from Soeryo Soemirat perform Beksan Panembromo in the hall of the Mangkunegara Palace in Surakarta.The gamelan in a corner of the palace hall was playing softly, faintly sounding a melody in a slow rhythm.
From the back of the hall, nine women entered the performance arena all in a row as the fragrance of incense permeated the air.
Then the dancers dispersed, their graceful movements typical of Javanese classical dance, this time presenting a choreographic collection of the Mangkunegara Palace called Golek Montro to open the 2012 Mangkunegara Performing Arts exhibition in Surakarta recently.
Golek Montro was created by Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Aryo (KGPAA) Mangkunegoro VII (1885-1944). The dance of almost 30 minutes duration portrays palace girls who are coming of age and paying attention to their makeup and grooming before welcoming nob...