Vibrant Baleganjur Jazzes Up the 11th Badung Cultural Festival

Vibrant Baleganjur Jazzes Up the 11th Badung Cultural Festival

These young artists were not only good at playing Balinese gamelan music instruments, but also skilled in dancing. While playing gamelan instrument, they were also singing. They danced to form a formation, according to the needs of the composition theme. Uniquely, they sometimes described the theme through song, dance, composition, other than through gamelan music.

These young artists were not only good at playing Balinese gamelan music instruments, but also skilled in dancing. While playing gamelan instrument, they were also singing. They danced to form a formation, according to the needs of the composition theme. Uniquely, they sometimes described the theme through song, dance, composition, other than through gamelan music.

That’s the action of young artists in the baleganjur gamelan contest for the level of junior high school, high school and general public throughout Bali held by the government of Badung in a series of Badung Cultural Festival (FSB) XI 2017. The contest centered at outermost courtyard of Lingga Bhuwana Temple, Badung Civic Center, was also meant to enliven the eighth anniversary of Badung capital, Mangupura.

The baleganjur contest opened on Monday (Nov. 13) lasted for three days. On the first day was the session for junior high school level with five art troupes and high school with seven art troupes. On the second day was featured 15 art troupes from general public category and the third day also presented 15 art troupe of general public category. Appearance of the participants got applause from the audience because they were able to present the best composition.

Each participant is able to present interesting musical composition and become an attractive show. Bearers of decorative spears, umbrellas and gebogan (flower and fruit arrangement) commonly appear as complements were presented as the part of the composition, so the display became an intact artistic show. Music with energetic rhythm was followed by dance movements and live art formations.

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All the composers also considered the variety of costumes, makeup and provision of additional property to support the atmosphere. The composition entitled Pemungkas presented huge ogoh-ogoh (papier máché demon) to describe creepy atmosphere. Baleganjur entitled Konta Wijaya and Gatotkaca played various musical striking instruments resulting in strange sounds.

While the baleganjur entitled Jebo Jereng played more tempo, and showed ornaments of musical instruments. Then, the baleganjur entitled Ciung Wenara showed gamelan game without using tempo. Skillfulness and dexterity are really required, so the presentation of gamelan art troupe received a remarkable welcome.

This baleganjur contest featured the heroism theme. The form of composition still maintains the structure of gamelan art, but can be developed from tradition (into contemporary version), in accordance with the ability possessed. In other words, gamelan players are allowed to make their own creation with non-traditional instruments. Each participant was given duration for 7-8 minutes and required to display the whole gamelan composition (kawitan, pengawak, pengetak and penyuwud).

Assessment criteria include the ideas / composition, techniques of gegebug and tetekep, ornamentation, gamelan sound, expression of appearance and compatibility of the gamelan players’ costumes. Meanwhile, the jury panel consisted of Nyoman Sutama, I Wayan Darya, I Made Subandi, I Ketut Lanus and I Ketut Gde Rudita.  (BTN/015)



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