“PANDAWA : The Chronicles of Bharatayudha”
A number of dancers moved elegantly while carrying a long golden cloth. They made their way to the corners of the stage, while the gate of Hastinapura Kingdom stood tall on the background. The majestic orchestra music accompanied these teenage dancers.
That was an opening act for the colossal musical drama “PANDAWA : The Chronicles of Bharatayudha” at Sjuman Hall, BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong, Tangerang, Banten,on Friday (4/11). The musical drama, which was watched by thousands of spectators, was played by students, parents and teachers of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong.
“PANDAWA : The Chronicles of Bharatayudha” told the tale of brotherhood feud between Pandawa and Kurawa as they fight for the throne of Hastinapura Kingdom. The fight then triggered the royal battle of Bharatayudha at Kurusetra field.
The main characters of the battle are five Pandawa knights: Yudhistira, Arjuna, Bima, Nakula and Sadewa. They fought against Kurawa, which was led by Duryudana, to seize the Hastinapura throne. The war took many casualties from both sides, Pandawa and Kurawa.
Although people were dying, in the end Kurawa had to admit their loss. The death of Duryudana in the hands of the mighty Bima represented the turning point of Bharatayudha battle and confirmed Kurawa’s defeat. With that, Pandawa won the throne of Hastinapura Kingdom.
There are more than war stories in this musical drama. Love stories and jokes were also in it. For instance, when the Punakawan – Semar, Gareng, Petruk and Bagong – took the stage. Their act triggered roars of laughter from the audience. The show was divided into two sessions. Matinee show is a session for students of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong. The Gala Show is a session for parents of students of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong, other schools and the public.
Each session had two acts and a total of 14 scenes, delivered using two languages: Indonesia and English. More than 100 people were involved in the show, a multicultural event which emphasized in Indonesia’s culture.
“This show accommodates our students’ art skill and help them improve their talent, especially in acting, music and dancing,” explained Andree Hersen Batasina, the Head of the Committee and art teacher of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong.
“With this show, we want to urge students to preserve the cultural heritage of Indonesia,” said Sherrierose B. Garcia, Middle School and High School Principal, BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Serpong.
Sherrierose hoped that, with this show, students were able to take the positive lesson, which is a story full of meaningful philosophy, especially in spiritual and educational aspects. These aspects have played a major role in creating Indonesia’s character and personality. (RA)