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THE GAMELAN

THE GAMELAN

The gamelan is the Balinese orchestra that can be heard as a tribute to the Gods and deified ancestors in temple ceremonies, weddings, cremations, family temple ceremonies and procession.

There are more than twenty different types of gamelan, each with their own traditions, repertoire, social and religious functions.

 

I GUSTI AGUNG WIRANATA

Born in 1970, Gusti Agung Wiranata inherated Walter Spies’ taste for dreamy landscapes. Despite some criticism pointing out his works as blatant copies of Walter Spies’ paintings, Gusti Agung Wiranata’s painting has defintely a soul of its own, adding his own sensitivity as well as more serenity in his work than the German artist. As ...

IDA BAGUS MADE

Ida Bagus Made was born In Tebasaya in 1915, from a Brhaman family of artists. He first started to learn painting from his father and later on under the teachings of Rudolph Bonnet, considered him the most talented artists in Bali. He developed his art during the movement of modernization of Balinese art. At 21 in he joined the Pitamaha ...

THE BARONG DANCE

The Barong dance is also a story of Good overcoming Evil. The Barong, mythical creature, protector of good (embodied by two dancer in a costume), fights Rangda, the evil Lord of Darkness. The tale is told by a dance rythmed to the sound of a Gamelan gorchestra. As the fight goes on, supporters of Barong, a group of men armed with Kris, try ...

W.O.J. NIEUWENKAMP

W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp was born in Holland and first came to Bali in 1904. He was the 1st Western artist to visit Bali. After a quick return to Holland, he came back in 1906. Even though he didn’t settle in Bali like Walter Spies, he travelled around a lot, often coming back to Bali. His motto was “Vagando Acquiro” (while ...

NYOMAN MEJA

Born in Ubud in 1952, Nyoman Meja has built a bridge between tradition and modernity. He met Rudolph Bonnet in the 1970’s, which influenced his vision as post-traditional painter. As he still uses the Penalak as a strong reference to the Ubud style, his use of lighting is definitely of a modern approach. Among other topics, Nyoman Meja has ...

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Sound of Mine: The Sound of Alternative Rock with a Touch of Blues and More!

Bali has sure seen the birth and progress of numerous bands this year, and here we are, happy to do our part related to the births and happenings related to the island's music scene! We are sure passionate to cheer for the newcomers to make their way and earn their place, of course starting in the local scene.   This week we...

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