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    (Bahasa Indonesia) What is a Suling?

    May 22nd, 2013

    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 are some of the Organizations that are structured under a Balinese Banjar?

    September 4th, 2012

    Whilst travelling around Bali, you may have learn that Bali is made up of not only villages and hamlets, but also a smaller division called banjar which can be loosely translated as a village ward or community centre. This will be made up of a number of families, the minimum number of which is stipulated by to Balinese traditional law (adat). Read the rest of this entry »

    Cultural Complacency

    June 25th, 2012

    Many times I’ve thought to myself: What makes Bali such a popular tourist destination? Is it the surf? Is it the shopping? Is it the weather? Is it the nightlife? What is it? What makes Bali different from the rest? What makes people keep coming back and telling others to visit? The answer is in one word: CULTURE. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Rindik?

    May 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 »

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

    April 23rd, 2012

    Have you ever tried learning Balinese dance? It can seem pretty tricky with all those flashy eye movements, wrist twist, back arching and finger wiggling! Indeed Balinese dance can be a little challenging the first time you try… Read the rest of this entry »

    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 »

    What is Wayang Wong Part I

    April 15th, 2012

    If you are interested in Balinese traditional art-forms, many of you would have heard of wayang kulit: the shadow puppet show; however, the human version of these puppets, called wayang wong, is probably less familiar. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is legong?

    April 14th, 2012

    An extremely basic definition of legong is a dance traditionally performed by pre-pubescent girls in the palaces of feudal Bali. The word legong has been interpreted differently by a number of academies and its origins are unclear. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Gambuh? Part II

    April 13th, 2012

    Gambuh is Bali’s oldest dance drama that developed in the 15th century in the Klungkung kingdom of Gelgel. Read the rest of this entry »

    Mekar Bhuana creates New Year’s Drama at Oberoi

    April 12th, 2012

    Mekar Bhuana performed their first original drama this past New Year’s Eve. Read the rest of this entry »

    What is Gamelan Gambuh?

    April 12th, 2012

    With the coming of the Majapahit Kingdom to Bali, and the subsequent rise to power of the Gelgel Court of Klungkung, a golden age of art proliferated. One of these art-forms was a style of music and orchestration called Gambuh. Read the rest of this entry »

    Mekar Bhuana at Bali Arts Festival 2011

    April 28th, 2011

    Mekar Bhuana will perform at the Bali Arts Festival again this year on Sunday June 19th, a day after the festival opening, presenting the material they performed at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010: rare and previously extinct semar pegulingan music accompanying a showcase of gambuh dances. Read the rest of this entry »

    Our Performances at Asian Games

    November 30th, 2010

    Now back in Bali, we are celebrating success in China where our performances in Guangzhou were really well received. Representing Indonesian traditional art-forms at the 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?

    March 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?

    March 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?

    February 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?

    February 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

    February 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)

    February 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?

    February 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?

    February 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?

    December 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?

    December 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?

    August 19th, 2009

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

    What is Joged?

    August 17th, 2009

    Joged is a secular social dance which originated from an ancient danced called gandrung. Read the rest of this entry »

    Nyepi – What is it all about?

    August 14th, 2009

    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 »

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