This is one of the most beloved songs heard all over Bali. Putri Cening Ayu means beautiful girl and is a song about a conversation between a mother and her daughter. The mother is leaving the house early in the morning to go to the market (peken) to get food for the family. She asks the daughter to stay and tend the home while she is away. Cening is a very polite and respectful way of addressing a young person. Therefore, the lyrics in this song indicate that the mother has great trust in and respect for her daughter. This reflects the Balinese philosophy of Tat Twam Asi, which translates to mean “I am you and you are me.” 

Watch this arrangement of Putri Cening Ayu by 

Anak Agung Bagus (Putra) Prasetia (performing guitar), Ni Putu (Mareta) Candra Dewi, and I Made (Ana) Wirawan from Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali.

Watch this young girl pronounce the lyrics to

the song Putri Cening Ayu