Creating an intelligent, culture-based and manageable community milieu is not adequate through formal education at school only. However, people should also equip themselves with the education of the art and moral to make them mentally strong. Considering studying Balinese art and culture poses a basic education of Hinduism, such learning is very important for younger generation. Departing from such a desire, the ashram then appears in numbers. Some are managed by customary village, while others by individuals or groups. Sekar Jepun Ashram, for instance, is managed by Ole customary village, while Buratwangi Ashram established on August 23, 2005 is managed by community group caring for culture. Both ashrams provide the education on culture to the younger generation.
The performance was interesting and full of moral messages. The performance of the arja operetta entitled Galuh Lika Liku presented by Lokananta Dance Studio Singapadu did not only serve as a form of Balinese art preservation, but also grew the arja operetta from an early age. Uniquely, it could be played by children in the nuance of past Bali.
Artistic expression became a subtle part of Balinese daily life. Accompanied with a simple musical instrument made from bamboo, the kid artists were able to integrate the art with the world of its own. They played and sang as if they hinted an inner awareness that the journey of human life from birth had been armed with a contradictory character. There were goodness and badness, delicateness and wildness.
Buleleng Festival to be held on August 6-10, 2014 will be jazzed up with the Buleleng Endek Carnival (BEC). A number of renowned fashion designers on the island are ready to show off in the annual event. “We are very pleased to be invited for enlivening the BEC in Singaraja,” said the renowned fashion designers of Bali, Dwi Iskandar and Weda Githapradana, in a meeting with the creative team of BEC and Bulfest, Saturday (Jul 12).
Dwi Iskandar said that he indeed had an obsession to promote the endek or woven fabrics of Bali including Buleleng, either in the local, national and international events. When making a fashion show at the Sheraton Bandung, he also brought the fashion collection utilizing the woven materials of Buleleng. “In the upcoming BEC and Bulfest in Singaraja, I would like to design a lot of clothes that can be used by the community,” he said.
The envoy of Badung representing Bali Province in the national Utsawa Dharma Gita (UDG) of festival of dharma chant in Jakarta lasting on July 12-15 could achieve encouraging results. It happened because all categories of the competition participated could get champion. It was delivered by the Head of the Badung Culture Agency, IB Anom Bhasma in the Badung Civic Center, Thursday (Jul 17).
Further, he explained the national UDG triennial event in 2014 held in Jakarta, Badung sent 10 participants having been selected and got the champion in Bali provincial level. The ten participants competing in 4 (four) categories included the palawakya of adult men, palawakya of teenage men, mixed teenage ballad and dharma wacana (sermon) in Bahasa Indonesia of women category.
When Jegog music, a typical traditional gamelan of Jembrana, was played at the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) XXXVI, visitors immediately went to the Ayodya Stage. Just within a few minutes, the stage located in the northeast of the Art Center was instantly fully occupied. More interestingly, foreign travelers sitting on the front row were ready with cameras and camcorders.
It was the turn of Metu Swara Jegog Troupe from Banyu Biru village and Swara Sandhi Jegog Troupe from Perancak village, Negara subdistrict (Jembrana) to make performance on Saturday (Jul 5). The gamelan composition played by natural artists sounded melodious. The tones overlapped and gave cheerfulness as if it invited the audience to rejoice.
Initially, they presented classical gamelan music and Bangun Jembrana creation that purely introduced the beautiful sound of the Jegog gamelan instrument. Later, the collaboration with the artists of dancer indicated if the gamelan estimated to have existed since 1912 was really interesting to be used as dance accompaniment. The dances presented looked innovative in terms of the dance movement or fashion.
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