HomeBlogs Gandrung Dance The government of Banyuwangi gives special attention to the art of
Gandrung. The purpose of this is to encourage the spirit of local
ethnicity that will in turn increase the development of tourism. For
this reason, Gandrung was determined to be the mascot of tourism in
Banyuwangi according to the Banyuwangi Regency Decision, Number 173 in
The word “Gandrung” comes from the Javanese word that means
“desperately in love”. It means that they are in love with the goddess
of the rice paddy, Dewi Sri, that brings prosperity to the people of
Banyuwangi who are mostly employed as farmers. In gratitude for the good
harvest, the people organize a performance which is called “Gandrung”
because the farmers were in love with the goddess of the rice paddy.
Gandrung performance used to be performed at night, running from 09 PM
until 04 AM. This traditional art is performed during the day as well to
especially welcome distinguished guests.
Gandrung dance that
dominated with special orchestration is one of traditional art in
Banyuwangi and become the characteristic symbol of Banyuwangi. So, in
every event Banyuwangi always has similarity name with Gandrung. In
fact, Banyuwangi is often called Gandrung City and in almost every
corner of Banyuwangi, we can found Gandrung dance statue. Gandrung is
often perform in many event, such as; marriage, Pethik Laut (marine
ceremony), circumcision event, anniversary, and the others events.
from : http://www.eastjava.com/tourism/banyuwangi/gandrung.html