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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

    Bali is a major tourism destination that has been hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic. Support Balinese gamelan and dance artists today by:

    1. Being a part of our ongoing documentation, reconstruction and repatriation projects:

    2. Learning online with us! Contact us now for further details on prices and discounts.

    3. Shopping on Mekar Bhuana Online Store for fabulous gamelan and dance products

    A family founded centre, our vision is to document, reconstruct and repatriate 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

    Based on the guidelines from both the central government in Jakarta and the municipal government in Denpasar regarding Covid-19 that recommends social distancing, working remotely, and postponing or cancelling gatherings, we have decided to close Mekar Bhuana Centre until at least June 1st. We will reassess the situation at the beginning of May and update our website and social media channels at that time.

    We can however offer remote learning on Zoom or Skype (as we have been doing since 2012). As we realise this is a difficult financial time for many we are offering SPECIAL DISCOUNTS for online learning. Contact Us now to find out how to book in a lesson.

    Apologies to all lovers of gamelan music who had planned to study directly with us in the near future!

    Upcoming Events

    TUNE IN TO OUR LIVE STREAM EVERY SATURDAY at 3 PM TO CHAT WITH “BLI WAYAN PON” and PUTU EVIE about various topics surrounding Balinese gamelan and dance!
    Join in to ask questions during the live stream while you chill at home.

    Dance Tutorial Available Soon on Mp4

    BASIC BALINESE DANCE TUTORIAL SERIES

    This video tutorial is an independent project from 2010 that I did with the help of my “bule” hubby Vaughan @wayanpon.smara and my lil sis @reehanna1801 (who was my private assistant at the time because I had just given birth to my second child), as well as of course other family members, our young dancers, a videographer friend and Maharani Record who let us be on their label.

    Initially, this project was inspired by my first child, Gede Semara @semara.richard_gede, who – when we were bringing him up in New Zealand – learned Balinese dance on his own (at one and a half years old) from watching our VCD collection of Balinese dances that we sent to our family via friends from New Zealand who happened to be holidaying in Bali.

    In the end we also created our own video as an effort to document terms for the basic movements of Balinese dance in Balinese that all the guru use, as well as, of course, helping to keep the Balinese language alive.

    Over time, this DVD tutorial became very useful for students who studied at Mekar Bhuana, and we would include it as a souvenir in our workshop study package. I also used this DVD to help students who have studied online with us via Skype so that they can learn from the DVD before they take online lessons.

    It seems that this pandemic has given me a lot of time to improve this tutorial that is also a documentation project in itself. In the near future, we are going to convert it to an Mp4 that can be accessed via a link we will share to those who are kind enough to donate to our ongoing documentation and reconstruction projects. We will also post some of the dance moves randomly on our social media platforms as well as on Mekar Bhuana’s YouTube channel. So keep following us and don’t forget to subscribe!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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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