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    Semara Pagulingan

    Semar Pegulingan

    In mediaeval Bali (circa 1600-1906) gamelan semara pagulingan (also known as semar pegulingan) was an important part of the Balinese courts. Accompanying court rituals and pendet dances at temple ceremonies, semara pagulingan also served to lull the royal family to sleep when it played in the late evenings in the inner sanctum of the palace. Semara pagulingan have 5, 6 or 7 tones, with 5-tone orchestras being the most common. In their 5- and 6-tone forms, there are very few semara pagulingan sets left in Bali from the court era.

    This orchestra is used primarily for instrumental pieces, as the dance repertoire is long since forgotten. The orchestra at Mekar Bhuana is antique and complete; in fact, it is the largest semara pagulingan set in the world. The set includes four saron jongkok, a gentorag bell-tree, four gumanak tubular bells, four kangsi cymbals and a ponggang–all features of court gamelan. Our group studies the Pagan Kelod, Kamasan, Gerenceng, Titih and Kaliungu Kelod repertoire.

    Over the past 17 years, we have succeeded in reconstructing many long and extinct court pieces, as well as  some of the original court dances which were once accompanied by this delicate court orchestra.

    You can take semara pagulingan lessons with us at the conservatory: enquire now. You can also hire our professional troupe for your event or special occasion.

    Watch videos of our semara pagulingan on our YouTube channel.

    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

    How many Different Types of Gamelan Orchestras are there in Bali?
    In short, many! Gamelan experts the world over normally claim that there are anything between 25 and 40 types; however, so far I’ve counted 70

    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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