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Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 1
Sunday, 30 Aug, 2009 – 9:59 | No Comment
Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 1

Kebyar came into being around the turn of the century and innovations were brewing between 1910 and 1915 in North Bali’s Buléléng region, the Dutch colonial administration center. Elders in Bungkulan have said that the …

Balinese Dances Today Part 2
Thursday, 27 Aug, 2009 – 5:00 | 3 Comments
Balinese Dances Today Part 2

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OFFERING DANCES: Pendet, Penyembrama, Gabor, Puspanjali, Sekar Jagat All of these are dances of welcome, originating in an offering to the gods,welcoming them as they descend into the shrines prepared for them by the …

Lelongoran: Old Gamelan Style from Buleleng
Wednesday, 26 Aug, 2009 – 16:05 | No Comment
Lelongoran: Old Gamelan Style from Buleleng

Buleleng regency is rich with gamelan repertoires, Lelengoran is one of them. Lelengoran is a gamelan style that is considered as the prototype of the popular Kebyar style. Lelegoran was introduced for the first time …

Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – A Sketch of the Time Period of these Recordings
Monday, 24 Aug, 2009 – 10:11 | No Comment
Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – A Sketch of the Time Period of these Recordings

In 1928 Bali was part of the Netherlands East Indies (now the Republic of Indonesia) but Bali’s rajas had not been entirely conquered until 1908. Kebyar emerged around the turn of the 20th century in …

Genjek: Jokes in a Song
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 7:11 | One Comment
Genjek: Jokes in a Song

One of many social art performances that are originated from Buleleng is Genjek. The word “genjek “is derived from the word “gonjak” means joke. It was born as a kill-time activity; it started through talking …

Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Introduction
Sunday, 16 Aug, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment
Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Introduction

These historic recordings were made in 1928 as part of a collection of the first and only commercially–released recordings of music made in Bali prior to World War II. This diverse sampling of new and …

Exhibitions and Performances on the First Day of International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese
Saturday, 1 Aug, 2009 – 8:11 | 2 Comments
Exhibitions and Performances on the First Day of International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese

The International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese (30 July – 2 August 2009) is highlighted by painting, handicrafts and photos exhibitions, craftsmanship demonstration by Buleleng’s craftsmen and the performances of Buleleng’s art …

Mekar Bhuana Conservatory Performances in Singapore Rave Success
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Mekar Bhuana Conservatory Performances in Singapore Rave Success

Mekar Bhuana’s four-day tour to Singapore with performances at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay was a resounding success. Over two nights, the 26-strong semar pegulingan troupe presented five performances of rare court repertoire to …

Traditional Balinese Children Song
Monday, 29 Jun, 2009 – 4:35 | 4 Comments
Traditional Balinese Children Song

Back in my childhood days, my friends and I used to play traditional Balinese children game called “meong-meongan” or “the cat” game. It is a simple game, derived from the well known theme of a …

Sendratari Tantri
Friday, 26 Jun, 2009 – 9:00 | One Comment
Sendratari Tantri

Tantri can be classified as an individual genre in Balinese literature, deals mainly with fables; Tantri is similar to Aesop’s fables in Western literature. In its story, the Tantri usually gives moral teaching, promoting good …

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 …

Music For Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence Tactics of Innovation
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:33 | 3 Comments
Music For Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence Tactics of Innovation

Essentially, music, or sound is untamed energy which is open to interpretation. However, through the formation of man’s culture and civilization, music has been given meaning, symbol, usage or function within the context of man’s …

The Story of Sri Tanjung Within The Performing Arts of Bali
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:23 | 2 Comments
The Story of Sri Tanjung Within The Performing Arts of Bali

In Bali, the arts have a major role in the teaching of moralistic and spiritual values. The arts are one of the three elements that guide us in reaching enlightenment. From a young age, the …

Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:17 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide

Opening Music
To begin the performance, we present a small musical composition created by adopting characteristics of the music performed on the gamelan slonding.
Scene 1
Nakula’s son Sida Paksa meditates in the forest.

The scene is accompanied by …

Sri Tanjung : The Women Who Purifies The World
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:10 | No Comment
Sri Tanjung : The Women Who Purifies The World

Almost every one of us desires holiness. It is like a lamp shining in the darkness of the night that guides our footsteps from going astray, so that we keep on the right path. Holiness …

Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:49 | 3 Comments
Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung

The first traces of the story of a young woman named Sri Tanjung are found on stone reliefs at various archaeological sites around East Java which date to the Majapahit period. These are the Candi …

Sri Tanjung : Mulat Sarira as The Basic Concept
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:44 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Mulat Sarira as The Basic Concept

In facing the changes which continue to take place, we need to understand more deeply about the essence of our culture. This essence as the central idea will always influence the process of creativity which …

Sri Tanjung : Looking for Taksu Inbetween Tradition and Modernity
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:32 | No Comment
Sri Tanjung : Looking for Taksu Inbetween Tradition and Modernity

When we come face to face with a work of art, we often find ourselves in between tradition and modernity, two aspects which at first sight seems contrastive, although it is not so. Those who …

Sri Tanjung : Welcome Mayor of Denpasar
Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2009 – 18:48 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Welcome Mayor of Denpasar

WELCOME
The activities of the Arti Foundation, with its creative process based on the understanding of the essence of Balinese culture, to be reinterpreted and adapted in order to influence and strengthen the tradition of Bali, …

Sri Tanjung : Welcome
Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2009 – 18:43 | 4 Comments
Sri Tanjung : Welcome

Just days after leaving the Constitutional Court office, where I served as the court’s Justice for five years, I suddenly found myself involved in an ambiance that I had left years ago: the world of …

Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence was Finally Staged
Saturday, 28 Feb, 2009 – 14:56 | 2 Comments
Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence was Finally Staged

Sri Tanjung: The Scent of Innocence, the newly-created contemporary dance-drama was staged last night at Ksirarnawa building, Art Centre, Jl. Nusa Indah, Denpasar by dancers from Arti Foundation. This contemporary dance-drama was created by Gusti …

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, …

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 …

Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence
Sunday, 1 Feb, 2009 – 6:57 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence

My time has come,
If my blood is fragrant, it is proof that I am innocent.
These were the words of a young woman named Sri Tanjung before she was stabbed to death by her jealous …

Sanghyang Jaran
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 7:24 | One Comment
Sanghyang Jaran

Sanghyang Jaran, the Pemangku (temple priest) or a group of chosen men becomes himself the Sanghyang, possessed by ancestral deity, a Gandarwa (celestial soldier) on horseback. The dance is performed in the inner court yard …

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 …

Cat in Traditional Balinese Point of View
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 18:51 | One Comment
Cat in Traditional Balinese Point of View

Cat, in traditional Balinese point of view, is an animal that its existence is dilemmatic, respected but plays no significant role, exist but rarely comes up to the surface. In vast inventory of Balinese religious …

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 …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 16:21 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History

Here is an interesting excerpt on legond dance and its recent history which is taken from a thesis entitled “Balinese Legong:Revival or Decline?” by Stephen Davies.
Legong is a genre of Balinese dance accompanied by gamelan. …

Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 18:43 | One Comment
Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages

The village of Tenganan in Karangsem regency is indisputably the village with most preserved culture and nature in Bali. It’s popularity as been spread all over the globe but only visitors know the beauty of …

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

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How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 11:08 | 2 Comments
How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance

There are lot of dances and drama performances that you can enjoy in Bali, if you just know where and when they are staged. The best way to find a free traditional dance or drama …

Chapel of Love at The Ritz-Carlton
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 7:00 | No Comment
Chapel of Love at The Ritz-Carlton

A wedding at The Ritz-Carlton sets a new standard in romantic elegance. From bridal showers at afternoon tea to martini nights for bachelor parties, we offer the most comprehensive wedding services and specialize in creating …

Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008
Thursday, 16 Oct, 2008 – 17:02 | 3 Comments
Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008

Many traditional art performers from various parts of Indonesia gave their best performance in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008. One of the 5-star performances in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008 was Ramayana Performance Hanoman Obong performed by …

Tonight is a Special Night
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008 – 15:10 | One Comment
Tonight is a Special Night

Tonight is a special moment for the visitors, who come to Bali to enjoy or to study the culture of paradise island of Bali, since many temple ceremonies all over the paradise island of Bali …

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 …

A Sad News from Bali
Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2008 – 12:00 | No Comment
A Sad News from Bali

Kak Wayan Konolan, one of the greatest masters of gender wayang from Banjar Kayumas kaja Denpasar passed away last night. He was also known as the father of great musicians, Pk.Wayan Suweca, Pk.Nyoman Sudarna, Bu …

Baris Jangkang: A Baris Dance From Nusa Penida
Sunday, 10 Aug, 2008 – 5:16 | One Comment
Baris Jangkang: A Baris Dance From Nusa Penida

Bali is a paradise for them, who want to enjoy traditional dances, since Bali has various traditional dances to be enjoyed. From sacred dances to social dances or from male dances to female all are …

Cristina Memorial
Sunday, 3 Aug, 2008 – 8:00 | No Comment
Cristina Memorial

At first it looked like it might rain. But then the mood lightened and it was a bright and crisp day. As I walked down the path to Cristina’s house, it hit me. I …

A Gambuh Performance in Cristina Wistari Formaggia’s Memorial
Friday, 1 Aug, 2008 – 13:24 | No Comment
A Gambuh Performance in Cristina Wistari Formaggia’s Memorial

On Wednesday, 7/30/08, a memorial ceremony to commemorate the late Cristina Wistari Formaggia, 62, a great dancer and key person behind the Gambuh Preservation Project in Batuan, at her home behind the Ibah Hotel in …