Popularity of the Legong Dance of Peliatan village, Ubud subdistrict, Gianyar, occurred in the 1920s remains to last to date. The community of Peliatan village becoming the main supporter persistently maintains the distinctiveness of the art. So, it is natural if endless flows of foreign travelers come to the international village just to witness the unique dance.
Peliatan village has become the center for the performance of Legong art. Even, almost every night the art is presented to entertain travelers with different kind of dances, venues and supporting art troupes. Peliatan customary village, Ubud, has about six Legong troupes that almost all of them compete to maintain its uniqueness.
Do you still remember the Lebih Beach? This famous coastal territory in Gianyar offers diverse seafood delights visited by foreign travelers and local community. For two days (Dec 6-7), the beautiful beach became the center for cultural event entitled the Lebih Beach Festival (LBF).
The annual event held for the fourth time was graced with art attractions in the form of dance and baleganjur gamelan music. Other than watching the presentation of the arts, visitors also thronged the typical culinary exhibition of Lebih Beach. Moreover, the menus presented in the event adequately varied. “It’s really delicious. If every day the food traders only serve satay and soup, this time they offer a variety of menus,” said Ayu, one of the visitors to the LBF.
The largest celebration of Hindus in India known as Diwali has now become an attractive entertainment in Bali. Diwali is celebrated not only in India but also in the whole world where the people of Indian descent live. Diwali or Deepavali is one of the Indian traditions falling around October-November based on the Gregorian calendar. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word which means “the row of lights.” By and large, the festivity lasts for 5 days and is marked by lighting a variety of light. On that account, it is known as the Festival of Lights.
An art performance entitled ‘Cultural Wonders of the Royal Pejeng Performance’ drew the attention of the audience. Held at the Soma Negara Grand Palace of Pejeng, Saturday (Nov 8), it did not only present beautiful choreography, but also talented artists of local village. Dozens of foreign travelers watched it and had dinner with the festive touch of a strong culture. The performance of classical arts such as psalmody, leather puppet, human puppet and cak a cappella entitled ‘the Death of Kumbhakarna’ was staged by local artists. The art show would be regularly held every full moon with the performance of various arts, especially the mask dance and Legong Dance in accordance with the potential owned by Pejeng village.
To commemorate the 100 years of Gong Kebyar, the Community Empowerment Agency (LPM) of Ubud village organized the Ubud Cultural Arts Festival, Friday (Nov 7). The event was centered at the Catus Pata or central intersection of Ubud by showcasing various colossal displays. Thousands of travelers from various parts of the world seemed enthusiastic to join the show.
Dozens of artists from various genres were also involved in the art extravaganza. Among them, there were Koko Jazz Music Group, Gita Semara Flute Troupe, Balot, Tindak Alit, Cok Savitri, Dayu Ani, Genta Putra Sesana Gamelan Troupe of Ubud Kelod and comedian Cedil. The festival taking place for four days also featured the performances of old artists, performances of new art composition and filled with art discussion.
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