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    Address: Jl. Gandapura III, no. 501X
    Kesiman Kertalangu
    Denpasar
    Bali - Indonesia
    Open 9 PM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
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    Mekar Bhuana

    A family founded centre, our vision is to document and reconstruct rare or extinct Balinese gamelan music and dance. We achieve this through research and study, then we educate through workshops, lessons and performances. Some people may think that Balinese gamelan and dance art-forms are well preserved because there are still many ceremonies in Bali; however, they are not looking at the details. Based on serious long-term research, we look at the details of Balinese gamelan music and dance and encourage others to see and appreciate these differences and the importance of documenting and reconstructing them for future generations.

    Our study programmes have been especially designed based on our extensive overseas teaching experience and knowledge to encourage awareness about the beauty and importance of these indigenous art-forms. Taking workshops and lessons with us supports our projects and research. These programmes also encourage participants to become more aware about the environment in Bali. We have an anti one-use plastic and plastic bag policy; we make our own compost; we also organise accommodation within walking distance to our centre to reduce our carbon foot-print. As of July 21st 2017, our director, Putu Evie, is also the chairperson of Trash Hero Kertalangu in our local area.

    Central to the aims of Mekar Bhuana are the tangible results of our projects, including audio and video recordings as well as reconstructed performances using antique instruments. See how you can help by visiting our Sponsors & Patrons page. Hiring our troupes also supports our ongoing documentation, reconstruction and study activities.

    News

    Last Sunday we performed at Lapangan Puputan Badung as part of an invitation for music and dance troupes in Denpasar. Here are the photos of Sekaa Selonding Semeton's participation at this event: WhatsApp Image 2018-10-20 at 16.56.37WhatsApp Image 2018-10-20 at 23.10.17  

    Upcoming Events

    Mekar Bhuana Production Exhibition at Makers' Week in Seminyak, Bali From November 3 - 11, Mekar Bhuana will display Vaughan Hatch's Gangsa 'Cilik' instruments which he makes at a co-working space called Bikin in Denpasar. At the opening on November 3, one of his instruments will be used as the 'gong' to open the week of exhibitions, workshops and sharing sessions and he and Gede Semara will play gender wayang on Mekar Bhuana's third antique gender wayang set that has 120+ year-old keys and reconstructed casings. During the late afternoon of November 10th, Vaughan will hold a sharing session on the vision of his instruments, his regeneration projects as well as his library of rare and lost tunings. Check some of the instruments he will have on display by visiting Mekar Bhuana Online Store. Come and check out the exhibition at Uma Seminyak in Seminyak.              

    News

    Mekar Bhuana’s Interactive Semara Pagulingan Performance at Bali Arts Festival Fascinates Balinese Public
    "Who can tell us how many different types of semara pagulingan there are in Bali," Vaughan quizzed the audience at Mekar Bhuana's semara pagulingan performance

    Portfolio

    Portfolio
    1999 – 2000 Preservation of three Pacung Village, Gianyar style gender wayang instrumental pieces. This music was taught to musicians outside of Pacung to encourage

    Articles

    Gongs in Bali Part III – what is characteristic about Balinese gongs?
    The two common types of materials for gong making are bronze and iron, with the former being more prestigious and therefore a lot more expensive.

    Publications

    Video Publications
    In 2010, we produced the first DVD of Balinese court music ever filmed in a historic temple. This video documents rare court semara pagulingan music
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