Semara, the God of love and passion, is Siva’s son (an Indian God of dance and destruction). The dance starts with Semara and his new bride, Ratih, the Goddess of Moon. Ratih, the dancer retreats to the backstage for a moment and re-appears putting on the mask of the she-devil, Rangda. This is when the story begins.
A long time back, one of the Raksasa (starved, beast like giant tribes inferior to man, with the inborn power of demons), named Nilaludraka, was anxious to acquire the power to control this world and was practicing meditation. Siva was so impressed with his enthusiasm that he gave him the mighty power – Nilaludraka could never be over come by any Gods nor man, except Siva. Post that he won many battles one after another, until there was none left in heaven nor on earth to compete with. All the Gods were flustered.
Unfortunately, Siva was devoted to meditation at the top of the Himalayas. No one could approach him, because his wrath could turn everyone to ashes at once. Gods gathered and conceived a plan to send the son of Siva, Semara, to the Himalayas as their envoy. Semara, in spite of his new bride, Ratih’s strong opposition, resolutely departed and Ratih followed him with tears. As they approach the Himalayas, the meditation of Siva was apparently disturbed. With rage, Siva laid Semara, Ratih and all in the troupe to ashes in a moment. Opening his eyes from meditation, Siva faced squarely the death of his son and wife. Lamenting for their unexpected death, Siva scattered the ashes all over the world (thanks to this, it is said, man has love in his hearth). Driven by love of Semara, Siva and his wife Parwati got a child, half-animal monster, who would later conquer Nilaludraka.