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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

    We just repatriated a number of extremely rare five-tone semara pagulingan recordings in the village of Ketewel. Two of these pieces were extinct and now the musicians are planning to reconstruct this wonderful music once known by their ancestors. A massive thanks to Dr Danker Schaareman for sharing the recording with our founder Vaughan Hatch.

    Watch this space for further information on our latest project and support by visiting our Sponsors & Patrons Page to donate. Your help means a lot to us and the young, enthusiastic Balinese musicians of Bali!

    Upcoming Events

    We’ll be doing two performances at Payogan Agung Temple in Ketewel next week:

     

    1. Selonding (Sekaa Selonding Semeton) on May 19th at 5 PM

    2. Five-tone Semara Pagulingan (Sekaa Semara Pagulingan Mekar Bhuana) on May 21st at 6 PM.

    Catching a Practice at Mekar Bhuana

    We have regular practices at Mekar Bhuana and you may wish to come and check them out. We will have a five-tone semara pagulingan practice will be on Sunday May 19th at 10 AM and selonding practices on Wednesday May 15th at 4 PM and Saturday May 18th at 1 PM. Attendance is donation based or by buying one of our CDs or DVDs. Contact us to let us know you’ll be coming.

     

     

     

     

    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

    Democracy and Equality in Balinese Gamelan Part I
    Bali still has a very traditional society and the late Made Wijaya went so far as to say a ‘mediaeval’one, albeit existing and functioning in

    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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