I Ketut Cekig
Kak Tut passed away in 2007 at around 75. An expert in the semar pegulingan court gamelan, he was the only living musician and teacher from who could remember and play the repertoire that originated from the Denpasar Palace, which was razed to the ground in a confrontation with the Dutch in 1906. His spirit, patience and passion for old gamelan music is dearly missed and we hope that his knowledge style of playing will be conserved for many generations to come.
I Nyoman Lontek
Nyoman Lontek may have been a member of the Mekar Bhuana pelegongan group for around one year, however he was one of our keenest members. A disciplined and highly enthusiastic musician, noted for his speedy rindik playing, Lontek died young and will be dearly missed by our group.
I Ketut Nagi
I Ketut Nagi or known as Kak Nagi was our senior advisor for more than six years. He was the last musician from Banjar Singgi, Sanur who knew the classical gender rambat style that was passed on to their villages by a guru from Kelandis in the 1950s. The grandfather of Mekar Bhuana’s director and co-founder Putu Evie, he will be sorely missed.
An active teacher at Mekar Bhuana over a period of months in 2002, I Wayan Kelo was not only a maestro pelegongan musician and guru but also a composer in his own right. One of the last direct disciples of Lotring, Kelo, his death is a great loss to his home village of Kuta and to the old style of pelegongan music in general.