The Indonesian dance drama Sendratari Ramayana Prambanan was performed in front of 400 people at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday night.
The performance was part of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary since Borobudur and Prambanan temples were included on the organization’s world heritage list, as well as the 20th anniversary since the Sangiran Early Man Site joined the same list.
“Indonesia has received a lot of benefits from UNESCO in preserving the two cultural heritage sites during the 25 years since its inscription,” stated Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, ambassador and permanent delegate of Indonesia to UNESCO, as reported by Antara news agency.
He said the decision to hold a celebratory performance at the UNESCO headquarters aimed to show gratitude toward the organization.
With regard to the performance, Hotmangaradja said the Ramayana tale presented was taken from reliefs carved into the walls of Prambanan, thus it was called Ramayana Prambanan.
Separately, PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko president director, Edy Setijono, hoped the inclusion of Borobudur and Prambanan on UNESCO’s world heritage list could increase public awareness and encourage people to help preserve the sites.