The event was hosted by two presenters, namely AA Bagus Mantra and Joni Agung. “The passage of the Mask House began with the presence of tourists from Japan that carried out a spiritual journey,” said Made Kara, who explained in detail about the passage of the Sanur Mask House.
De Kara further added that the mask art is estimated to have been actively performed at Sanur since 1973. The famous mask figure at that time came from Sindu Kaja with a distinctive mask divine vibration or taksu. Moreover, the performance was able to present a mask performance in English language, so there is the term ‘my name is mister two teeth’ which means that the mask has two teeth.
“Since he came to my house and felt there was a certain aura in my house, from there he wanted to carve a mask with sober material where at that time we only had frangipani wood,” he said.After that, every 19:00 there is a regular performance at Segara Temple Sanur for tourism. “Here we are present to revive the arts of Bali, and to always respect him as a pioneer and activator of the mask itself,” he explained.
However, along with the passage of Made Kara, who was also a Japanese tour guide and chief of customary village, he has been active again in the world of mask art and mask sculpture since 2015. In creating masks, he never gets satisfaction and considers it unsuccessful.
Moreover, because of such dissatisfaction, the mask was worked on until it absolutely broke.
From there, he had desire to find a teacher. Ida Bagus Alit Pidada from Griya Sindu Sanur was then chosen to become his teacher. “He was taught about dimensionand measurement. From there, many mask works have been completed,” said Made Kara
Made Kara further explained that the Sanur area is very famous for sculpting artists, both sculptors and mask craftsmen. From there came the desire to revive the art of sculpture in Sanur.“Mask House (Rumah Topeng) is used as a studio, so that it is free to express itself in mask carving. Afterwards, elementary and junior high school students are invited to study and when the masks are finished they can be brought home,” he added.
With the existence of the Mask House, we gathered various artists, both ogoh-ogoh (papier mâché demon) artists and other artists. Hence, it can become a mask house for Denpasar in the future. “Currently, we continuously work, but are constrained by raw materials both in terms of availability and purchase costs. Devil’s tree is the best for masks. However, those who are not sacred can also use suar wood. Hopefully, the existence of the sculpture in Denpasar City can continue and be sustainable,” said De Kara. (BTN/015)