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A Glimpse on Pecalang
Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 – 12:47 | One Comment
A Glimpse on Pecalang

Bali is an island which is very active in celebrating traditional ceremony. Almost everyday, all over the island, traditional ceremonies and celebrations are held. And those celebrations and ceremonies need security forces to ensure the …

Which types of Balinese gamelan are rarely seen or heard? Part I
Tuesday, 10 Mar, 2009 – 16:50 | No Comment
Which types of Balinese gamelan are rarely seen or heard? Part I

In Bali, there are in fact around thirty-five different types of gamelan which could be considered rare. Among the very rarely seen or heard is the sweet-sounding seven tone semara pagulingan, a remnant of the …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”
Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2009 – 17:47 | 2 Comments
Through The Eyes of Researcher: “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”

Here is an interesting writing by Jonathan Sepe entitled “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”. Without further ado here is the complete article
In the 1970s, the …

Ritus Legong Dance
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 16:53 | One Comment
Ritus Legong Dance

The celebration of Tumpek Wariga (a holyday when a blessing ceremony is given to the plants) which was held on Saturday, (2/21/09) in Puputan Square, Denpasar was quite different from the previous celebration. This time, …

Balinese Vanity Fair
Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 – 16:47 | No Comment
Balinese Vanity Fair

Some say that the vanity of human takes many forms and reaches its end when human reside six feet under; but for Balinese death is just the beginning of vanity fair.
For this topic, I …

Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar
Friday, 13 Feb, 2009 – 16:40 | No Comment
Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar

Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar which is located at Jalan Nusa Indah Denpasar is not just a place to study the traditional or contemporary Balinese art. It also houses a complete collection of Balinese gamelan …

On Bali’s Arts and Crafts
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 16:20 | One Comment
On Bali’s Arts and Crafts

There is probably no place in the world with such a high density of craftsmen and artisans in Bali. You name it and you can find it here woodcarving, stone carving, bone and ivory carving, …

Marriage Proposal a la Balinese
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 17:43 | 2 Comments
Marriage Proposal a la Balinese

For Balinese, a marriage proposal can be a delicate matter that need to be handled carefully and of course can not be the business of the happy couple alone, it is a family business and …

Nico Vrielink And the Gekko was there too…
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 14:07 | No Comment
Nico Vrielink  And the Gekko was there too…

Nico Vrielink is an esteemed painter born in 1958 in Reusel in the south part of the Netherlands. He was educated at an Academie of Art in Belgium to become a teacher. But teaching wasn’t …

Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)
Tuesday, 3 Feb, 2009 – 16:13 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)

Here is an interesting article on the religious role of puppeteer in Bali. this article is an excerpt taken from Umeda Hideharu’s writing entitled “Between and Adat Agama: The Future of the Religious Role of …

On Planting a Tree
Friday, 30 Jan, 2009 – 17:41 | No Comment
On Planting a Tree

Planting a tree in the house compound for Balinese is not just a matter of planting whatever you want on your front or backyard. There are some beliefs and custom regulations that should be observed …

The Origin of Kamasan Painting Style
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 17:28 | One Comment
The Origin of Kamasan Painting Style

Kamasan painting style, which is known as the pioneer of Balinese painting is a classic painting style that based on shadow puppet characters that its roots can be traced back to Majapahit Empire in Java. …

Choosing a Land for House Compound
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2009 – 18:32 | One Comment
Choosing a Land for House Compound

The position of a house compound and its surrounding environments are important aspect to be considered when a Balinese want to buy a land for a house compound or determining the position or the layout …

AND THE GECKO WAS HERE TOO – A NICO VRIELINK EXHIBITION (simultaneously in three venues!)
Thursday, 15 Jan, 2009 – 12:17 | No Comment
AND THE GECKO WAS HERE TOO – A NICO VRIELINK EXHIBITION (simultaneously in three venues!)

Nico Vrielink is an esteemed painter born in 1958 in Reusel in the south part of the Netherlands. He was educated at an Academie of Art in Belgium to become a teacher. But teaching wasn’t …

Even Death Has To Be Postponed
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 17:22 | No Comment
Even Death Has To Be Postponed

Religious ceremony is not just considered a mere ritual by Balinese but the backbone of Balinese Hinduism itself. In order to hold a religious ceremony everything have to be prepared with utmost care and attention. …

Bali’s Most Popular Offering
Sunday, 21 Dec, 2008 – 16:05 | One Comment
Bali’s Most Popular Offering

There are so many people who adore Bali. Its nature, its food, its art, and its culture become objects of admiration. Claude Theret is one of them. He showed his admiration to the Balinese culture …

The Sacred Baris Cina at Renon
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2008 – 17:33 | No Comment
The Sacred Baris Cina at Renon

Another performance of rare and sacred Baris Cina Dance was held in Kahyangan temple of Renon village on Saturday (12/13/08). This rare dance is usually held on the temple anniversaries of certain temples in Renon …

The Shaba Bali
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 18:09 | No Comment
The Shaba Bali

The Shaba is a tropical, luxury mansion found in Jimbaran, in spectacular southern Bali. This three suite tropical mansion can offer its guests the utmost in relaxed luxury with full butler service, with not a …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: The Precarious Survival of The Legong Dance
Friday, 5 Dec, 2008 – 17:07 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: The Precarious Survival of The Legong Dance

Here is an interesting excerpt on legong dance and its survival which is taken from a thesis entitled “The role of Westerners in the conservation of the Legong dance” by Stephen Davies.
The Legong dance achieved …

Çudamani Music & Dance Summer Institute, Bali 2009
Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2008 – 10:28 | One Comment
Çudamani Music & Dance Summer Institute, Bali 2009

Study Balinese Music and Dance with

I Nyoman Tjokot
Monday, 3 Nov, 2008 – 17:07 | No Comment
I Nyoman Tjokot

I Nyoman Tjokot, founder of woodcarving style that is known as “Tjokotism”, was the third son of I Gentar and Ni Kinut. Cokot was born in Banjar Jati, Tegallalang village, Gianyar, Bali. There is no …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Gender Identity in Bali
Friday, 24 Oct, 2008 – 14:29 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Gender Identity in Bali

Here is an excerpt taken from paper written by Helen Creese, entitled “Reading the Bali Post: Women and Representation in Post-Suharto Bali”. This excerpt discuss about Gender Identity in Bali.

The ongoing task of reshaping contemporary …

Traditional Dances outside Bali
Monday, 20 Oct, 2008 – 15:22 | No Comment
Traditional Dances outside Bali

Beautiful traditional dance and musical performances can not just be found in Bali but also in other areas across the archipelago. This was the message that was conveyed by eleven dance troupes that came from …

The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 11:25 | One Comment
The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple

The unique and rare sacred dance, Baris Cina was performed at the anniversary of Petitenget Temple, Wednesday, October 8, 2008 in Kerobokan. It was quite a surprise for me since I thought that Baris Cina …

Chinese Coin and Balinese Culture and Religion
Thursday, 9 Oct, 2008 – 16:46 | No Comment
Chinese Coin and Balinese Culture and Religion

Here is an interesting excerpt from a paper, which is entitled Revaluing Uang Kepeng as a Medium of Local Exchange in Bali, written by Stephen De Meulenaere, an Asia Coordinator of Strohalm Foundation for Integrated …

Tumpek Krulut
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
Tumpek Krulut

Today, Balinese celebrate a holyday for musical instrument. Musical instruments are sacred items for the Balinese, and a special day, known as Tumpek Krulut is dedicated for all musical instruments, mask, and other tool for …

Chinese Coin and Its History in Bali
Thursday, 2 Oct, 2008 – 16:45 | One Comment
Chinese Coin and Its History in Bali

Here is an interesting excerpt from a paper, which is entitled Revaluing Uang Kepeng as a Medium of Local Exchange in Bali, written by Stephen DeMeulenaere, an Asia Coordinator of Strohalm Foundation for Integrated …

Pindekan: Traditional Balinese Propeller
Monday, 22 Sep, 2008 – 16:28 | No Comment
Pindekan: Traditional Balinese Propeller

Remembering childhood pastimes is one of my favorite activity since it always be able to make me smile. Among my childhood pastimes, making a propeller (pindekan) is one my favorite pastimes since every time I …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Household
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 – 18:46 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Household

Here is an interesting excerpt on Balinese Household that is taken from Ayami Nakatani’s Paper entitled “Private or Public? : Defining Female Roles in the Balinese Ritual Domain”.
Apart from communal temples, public offices, schools and …

Lumbung: From Storing Rice to Housing Tourists
Tuesday, 16 Sep, 2008 – 14:57 | No Comment
Lumbung: From Storing Rice to Housing Tourists

Lumbung or Balinese rice barn is a Balinese traditional architecture that is used by Balinese to store rice after the harvest, nowadays, is quite hard to be found in the agricultural areas of Bali but …

Balinese Civilization and Three Sages from Java
Wednesday, 23 Jul, 2008 – 16:21 | No Comment
Balinese Civilization and Three Sages from Java

The development of Balinese civilization has a quite long history. The first evidences of human appearance in Bali date back to the Stone Age, tens of thousands years ago, with the founding of few artifacts …

Naga Banda
Tuesday, 15 Jul, 2008 – 16:47 | 4 Comments
Naga Banda

The royal cremation of the Ubud royal family head Tjokorda Gde Agung Suyasa, who died in March after a long illness, and lesser royal Tjokorda Gde Raka who also died in March, which is held …

Wrath of the Deity
Sunday, 13 Jul, 2008 – 11:17 | 3 Comments
Wrath of the Deity

Thousands of religious ceremonies that are held by Balinese each year for centuries give the island of Bali a unique characteristic; bring visitors to the island; drain the resources and savings of them who perform …

Bali’s Cultural Landscape
Friday, 11 Jul, 2008 – 17:06 | One Comment
Bali’s Cultural Landscape

Here is a write up on Bali’s cultural landscape prepared by Directorate General of History and Archaeology of Bali, that is submitted to UNESCO in accordance with World Heritage Program. I hope this writing can …

Jegog in Bali Art Festival
Thursday, 10 Jul, 2008 – 14:04 | One Comment
Jegog in Bali Art Festival

Jegog is Jembrana’s traditional musical instrument. This instrument consist several sizes of bamboo tubes that are lined up inside a wooden frame. The name of Jegog its self is taken from the biggest instrumental component …

Ngelawang at Bali Art Festival
Wednesday, 2 Jul, 2008 – 18:01 | No Comment
Ngelawang at Bali Art Festival

On June 28th, at 10.00 in the morning Art Center was filled with visitors. Men-women, young-old, and native-foreigners seemed never want to blink their eyes as if they did not want to miss a thing …

Female Gamelan Group
Monday, 30 Jun, 2008 – 16:05 | No Comment
Female Gamelan Group

When the gong kebyar composition first appeared in Northern Bali with the avant-garde villages such as Bungkulan, Jagaraga and villages at its vicinity in 1915, No one ever dreamed that this genre of Balinese gamelan …

Fate of Kulkul
Thursday, 26 Jun, 2008 – 20:15 | One Comment
Fate of Kulkul

Before we proceed to the fate of kulkul, in present days, it is better to shed some light on what the kulkul is. Kulkul is Balinese wooden slit gong. It is made of long, hollowed-out …

A Balinese Folktale: Another Version of Calonarang
Wednesday, 25 Jun, 2008 – 16:49 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Another Version of Calonarang

Once upon a time, there was a region named Daha. When Daha was ruled by King Sri Aji Airlangga the region was remained safe and the people were prosperous. On his power, none of thieves …

Balinese Cultural Congress I: Do not Let Bali lose its Identity
Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2008 – 16:45 | One Comment
Balinese Cultural Congress I: Do not Let Bali lose its Identity

Many people agree that Bali has interesting culture and art. They love to see all the art and cultural products from the fine arts to the dance and from shadow puppet to traditional drama performance. …