What is Rindik?
Rindik (Balinese traditional Musical instruments) is a set of ten xylophones of different lengths and sizes made of bamboo tubes suspended in a wooden frame. It is play by striking the xylophones with long handle rubber headed mallets. There are two types, each tuned differently : lanang (higher, or “left”) and wadon (lower, or “right”).
Rindik is play for dancing and entertainment rather than ceremonies. Balinese usually play the rindik as welcoming music for the guests in a wedding ceremony. Rindik sounds softer, sweeter and quieter than bronze ensembles of metal gamelan. The combination of two rindik and a flute is consider excellent for all occasions.
Story of Rindik
A brief history of the journey of the Rindik musical instrument begins with the Wengker people (now Ponorogo) who rebelled against the Majapahit kingdom. The Wengker people have a musical instrument called Angklung Reyog which is also use as a weapon. One time there was an attack from the Demak kingdom which made the Wengker people run back to Bali while carrying Angklung Reyog and several gamelans.
Arriving in Bali, they had difficulty assembling the musical instrument because several parts were change positions. Then the Reyog Angklung is rearrange and can produce sound by presence hit like playing the Xylophone. The musical instrument was finally know as Rindik which in Old Javanese means neatly arrange with little gaps.