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by on Thursday, 30 August 2007No Comment | 1,213 views

The Balinese dance and musical performances on the fourth day of Mengenang Sang Guru: A Tribute to Anak Agung Gde Mandera and Gusti Made Sengog, Wednesday, 8/29/07 were definitely a beauty in diversity. Dancers and musician from different ages range from 67 to 20 years old, various ethnicities, and religions gave their best performance to honor the great teachers Anak Agung Gde Mandera (affectionately called ‘Gungkak’) and Gusti Made Sengog (affectionately called ‘Niang Sengog’).

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Legong Kuntul Putih dance

The series of spectacular performances began with melodious musical performance of Semara Pegulingan (the sleeping god of love) orchestra by Tirta Sari troupe. The soft elegant strike of the older musicians on the key of instruments combined with the sweet sound of flutes and Balinese violin produced wave after wave of comforting sounds.

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Oleg Tamulilingan dance

The younger generation of Peliatan musician which formed the Genta Bhuana troupe armed with the Kebyar orchestra played Sekar Jepun symphony with great vigor. Unlike their elders in Tirta Sari, the young musicians of Genta Bhuana played the intricate Sekar Jepun symphony with lightning speed and exact precision combined with sudden halt here and there. The sudden halts and starts produced gave a nuance of explosions in the symphony. It was definitely a feast for the ears.

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Kebyar Terompong dance

The dances performances began with Legong Kuntul Putih, danced by two beautiful legong dancers in white legong outfit. The Legong Kuntul depicted the activities of a group of white herons such as flying, searching for food, playing with their kind. The agile movements of the heron translated perfectly into graceful dance by the dancers.

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Legong Mintaraga dance

Still with animal theme, the next dance was Oleg Tamulilingan which portrayed a female bumblebee which hopping from one flower to another in a beautiful garden seduced by the male bumblebee. This romantic was danced by two Balinese dancing maestros, Gusti Ayu Raka, the first female Balinese dancer who went abroad in 1950s and Anak Agung Oka Dalem, the son of Gungkak.

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Legong Mintaraga dance

The next dance was the demanding Kebyar Terompong, both Oleg Tamulilingan and Kebyar Terompong was created by I Mario, the maestro of Kebyar dance. Kebyar Terompong dance combines the explosive move of kebyar and the ability of playing gamelan orchestra in which the dancer dance to the rhythm of the music as well as playing a musical instrument called terompong. This demanding dance was danced by Anak Agung Bagus Mahendra Erawan, the son of Gungkak to honor his father as well as his dance teacher.

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Legong Mintaraga dance

The last dance was Legong Mintaraga, performed by Ayu Bulan Dance workshop with six dancers of various ethnicities and religions. The legong Mintaraga enacted the story of Arjuna’s meditation in the middle of the forest in order to acquire a mighty weapon to be used in the great battle against the Korawa. This spectacular dance actually needs a separate article to describe its beauty and explain the story, so for now please enjoy the pictures first.

Legong Mintaraga dance

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