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    (English) How many Different Types of Gamelan Orchestras are there in Bali?

    Juli 6th, 2017

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    (English) I went to see a Balinese dance performance and it was on a stage – how were Balinese art-forms presented before the advent of tourism?

    Januari 23rd, 2015

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    What is a Suling?

    Mei 22nd, 2013

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    (English) What are some of the Organizations that are structured under a Balinese Banjar?

    September 4th, 2012

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    (English) Cultural Complacency

    Juni 25th, 2012

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    What is Rindik?

    Mei 2nd, 2012

    Last week, Mekar Bhuana co-founder, Vaughan Hatch, explained to a group of guests at a dinner reception in Ubud a bit about the history of bamboo music in Bali. Part of his explanation included a demonstration performed by one of the conservatory’s quartets of gamelan musicians. Two of these bamboo instruments are called rindik, 11-13 keyed xylophones tuned to a fairly even-tempered scale. Read the rest of this entry »

    Learn Ancient Gamelan Selonding at Mekar Bhuana

    April 27th, 2012

    After the purchase of a beautiful iron selonding gamelan set, a duplicate of the ancient 10th century set from Besakih Temple, Mekar Bhuana Conservatory has immersed itself serious selonding study. Read the rest of this entry »

    (English) World’s First Balinese Dance Tutorial Series – helping Balinese dance to ‘blossom around the world’

    April 23rd, 2012

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    What is Wayang Wong Part II

    April 22nd, 2012

    According to Prof. R.M Moerdowo’s book, Reflections on Balinese Traditional and Modern Arts, wayang wong as we know it today was once referred to as Barong Blasan or Barong Kedingkling. Read the rest of this entry »

    (English) What is Wayang Wong Part I

    April 15th, 2012

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    (English) What is legong?

    April 14th, 2012

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    (English) What is Gambuh? Part II

    April 13th, 2012

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    (English) Mekar Bhuana creates New Year’s Drama at Oberoi

    April 12th, 2012

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    (English) What is Gamelan Gambuh?

    April 12th, 2012

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    Mekar Bhuana di Bali Arts Festival 2011

    April 28th, 2011

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    Penampilan Kami di Asian Games

    November 30th, 2010

    Pementasan kami sukses besar di Cina! Buktinya, masyarakat Guangzhou menyambut hangat penampilan kami. Dengan menampilkan kesenian tradisional Indonesia dalam acara 16th Asian Games Concert Series, Read the rest of this entry »

    Can the Balinese control the rains?

    April 20th, 2010

    Anyone who has been to Bali will know that the Balinese have ceremonies almost all the time. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is the difference between ‘ngayah’ and ‘ngo’opin’?

    April 11th, 2010

    If you live in Bali I’m sure you’ll already know that a Balinese life is full of ceremonies that seem to take place nearly every day of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

    Nyepi – What is it all about?

    Maret 17th, 2010

    Nyepi is an auspicious day that marks the beginning of the Hindu Balinese New Year, according to the traditional saka calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

    What are ogoh-ogoh?

    Maret 14th, 2010

    About a month before Balinese New Year (Nyepi), the banjar youth group get together and plan the construction of ogoh-ogoh. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Banyupinaruh?

    Pebruari 27th, 2010

    The day after Saraswati is called Banyupinaruh, which always falls on a Sunday and the first Pawukon week, Dasa Sinta. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Saraswati day all about?

    Pebruari 27th, 2010

    The holy day of Saraswati is named after the Hindu goddess of knowledge, learning and wisdom, Dewi Saraswati. Hindu philosophers view wisdom as something beautiful and attractive, therefore feminine. Read the rest of this entry »

    Mekar Bhuana visits Selonding Expert in Karangasem

    Pebruari 9th, 2010

    On Sunday, we (Vaughan, Sudama, Sadera and Suwida) took a trip to Karangasem. Our mission was to meet Srimpu Tusan from Bebandem to learn more about Yayasan Selonding and his magnus opus Selonding – Tinjauan Gamelan Bali Kuna Abad X – XIV. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Gender Wayang? (Part II)

    Pebruari 6th, 2010

    As I mentioned previously, gender wayang are the original instruments used to accompany puppet shows in Bali. This is where they got their name about one thousand years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Gender Wayang?

    Pebruari 6th, 2010

    If you’ve ever been to a wedding, cremation, tooth filing, or seen a puppet show in Bali, then chances are you would have heard gender wayang. Read the rest of this entry »

    What do the Tumpek days mean?

    Pebruari 6th, 2010

    Tumpek are auspicious days on the Balinese calendar. There are six Tumpek which are spread over a 210 day cycle called pawukon.Tumpek days signify the meeting of a Saniscara weekday (Saturday) and Keliwon day. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Selonding?

    Desember 21st, 2009

    Selonding is classified as an archaic type of Balinese gamelan orchestra dating as far back as the 10th century. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is a Suling?

    Desember 7th, 2009

    Suling is the Balinese word for seruling, which means ‘flute’. Made from bamboo, Balinese flutes are always end blown and vary in size. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is a Rebab?

    November 19th, 2009

    Thought to have originated in Persia and perhaps arrived in Indonesia due to trading with India, the Balinese rebab is categorised as a “bowed spiked fiddle”. Read the rest of this entry »

    Are there many types of gamelan in Bali? Which ones are the most common?

    Agustus 19th, 2009

    Unbeknownst to many, there are in fact more than forty different types of gamelan in Bali. Read the rest of this entry »

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