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    Address: Jl. Gandapura III, no. 501X
    Kesiman Kertalangu
    Denpasar
    Bali - Indonesia
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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

    On June 8th we tried a totally novel style of repatriation: together with our nuclear family (mum, dad and the two kids), we revived lost angklung music and instruments in a small village in East Bali called Culik. This rare art-form was faithfully documented for posterity by Colin McPhee around 1935 in ‘Music in Bali’. We learned the melodies and reconstructed the lost instruments at Mekar Bhuana a couple of years ago and have now made it to Karangasem to repatriate and inspire.

    Check out the photos and videos on our Facebook Page (like our page while your at it!):

    Photo album

    Video of us demonstrating some of the lost instruments

    Video of us teaching the reong parts

    These results just in, just two weeks after repatriation – a video of the group from Culik performing at a cremation ceremony one of the repatriated pieces called Guak Maling Taluh. This is what we call a repatriation success story!:

     

    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

    On Wednesday June 26th we will be performing gender wayang with gentorag to accompany Pupuh Semarandhana sung by Mekar Bhuana Director Putu Evie in Surabaya as part of an invitation to welcome the new New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia. Watch this space for photos and video!

    Catching a Practice at Mekar Bhuana

    We have regular practices at Mekar Bhuana and you may wish to come and check them out. We normally have selonding or angklung practices every Sunday around 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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