The old men indeed remain energetic. Although having been old, their capability of performing art stays high. Just have a look at their action at Puputan Badung (IGN Made Agung) Square on the recent full moon! Coalesced into the Werdha Shanti elderly gamelan troupe they featured Ramayana performance. The show immediately received a warm appreciation from the audience.
The story of Men Brayut tells of the extraordinary strength of character of a Balinese woman by this name. This story has become part of Balinese folklore and is often told as a bedtime story. It is a symbolic tale of how strong Balinese women are in carrying out the tasks of their daily lives. Having a strong work ethic, patience, honesty, care, and a sense of camaraderie and ability to remain steadfast in facing problems are qualities that are highlighted in this ancient tale.
Pura Luhur Besi Kalung, located in Utu Customary Village, Penebel Tabanan has the distinct feature of being home to a Linga Yoni with a chainlike necklace that gongs when struck. It is therefore assumed that the chain necklace is made of steel from which the name “Besi” (steel) comes from. It is believed that if the Linga Yoni slants to one side it foretells a national disaster.
The art of Rudat is still preserved and passed down for generations at Saren Jawa village, Budakeling, Karangasem. This art is danced at various celebrations, such as weddings and Mauludan fest. A coach of Rudat at the (MI) Nurulhidayah Islamic Elementary School from Saren Jawa, Komang Samsuhari, said that he is often invited to make performance at wedding events. According to Samsuhari, who is also a principal at the local MI, he specially trains children. In the meantime, the adult Rudat art troupe consisting of high school students is also taught by his father H. Ahmad Astari, who is also the hamlet chief of Saren Jawa.
The City of Denpasar’s Council of the Arts is preparing a presentation of “Topeng Panca” for the Mask Parade that will be part the prestigious Bali Arts Festival (PKB) that is in its 38th year. They showed themselves ready during a performance presented to the Province of Bali’s steering committee at Bali Banjar Kehen, in Kesimen Petilan Village, Denpasar last week. Denpasar Topeng Panca’ (five masks) group, Sekaa Gong Kencana Wiguna was given the go ahead to perform in the Bali Arts Festival.
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