ePalembang Travel & Tourism Art and Culture Gending Sriwijaya Dance

Gending Sriwijaya Dance

Gending Sriwijaya dance is a traditional dance from South Sumatera Society that reflects a friendly attitude, happiness, sincerity, and openness of host to the guests. This dance aims to welcome special guest who visit the region, like head of the country, head of the government, and the groom’s family in wedding ceremony/fiesta.

The dance is performed by young beautiful dancer who wear traditional clothes aesan gede, selendang mantri, paksangkong, dodot and tanggai. They are the main dancers that is escorted by two other dancers who bring umbrella and long spear. While in the very back line, there is the singer of Gending Sriwijaya. However, nowadays the role of singer and music background has been replaced by tape recorder.

In the real form, the music background consists of gamelan and Gong sound, while the role of escort sometimes removed, especially when the dance is performed in the building or indoor stage. The front now dance brings ‘tepak (vase)’ as “sekapur sirih” (welcome) to be presented from special invited guests, escorted by 2 dancers that bring ‘pridon’ which is made by bronze.

Long time ago, “Sekapur Sirih” (welcome offering) was performed by sultan’s daughter or royal princess. ‘Pridon’ was brought by close friend of princess. Gending Sriwijaya dance and its song, was composed in 1944 to remind young people about our ancestor is a big nations that respect brotherhood and friendship among human beings as well as relation with God, the creator.

Gending Sriwijaya Dance
Gending Sriwijaya Dance