Learning to play a musical instrument is rewarding in many ways. Through music, both kids and adults can learn discipline, express creativity and find a healthy way to manage stress. In Bali, and if you’re not Balinese, learning the traditional music instruments such as Gamelan is a lot more than just doing a fun, stress-releasing activity, for it also provides a lovely experience that can serve to give you a deeper appreciation towards traditional music.
Bali has a very diverse and unique culture, and is able to attract the interest to participate in its culture. One of them is Mepantigan located in Batubulan village, Gianyar regency, Bali
The Unique Traditional Balinese House
Balinese traditional house is closely related to the harmony of nature. That’s why the Balinese architecture of buildings using a lot of stone and wood carved in such a way that looks very clear characteristics of traditional Balinya. Harmony with nature is a meaning which means how man can balance his life with nature, with others, and also the Creator of the Universe.
“Barong” is the most well known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.
Balinese people who are generally hospitable, with a pattern of Bhineka or pluralism life and not too much rule or fanatical to a understand, have customs that they always hold firm in everyday life so that they can live with peace. Who knows for you who happened to first come to this Thousand Islands temple, whether it’s for holidays, office assignments, study or business, there is a need to know some things about the habits of the community, in addition to possible beautiful attractions along the way are also unique habits which are interesting.
Drama gong is a drama in which combines the modern theater (West) with traditional theater (Bali) created by the artist Bali named Anak Agung Gede Raka Payadnya of village Abianbase (Gianyar) on 1966. The drama gong itself was originally named drama classic because still strong dominance of traditional Balinese arts in drama gong. Name of drama gong began to be used by I Gusti Bagus Nyoman Panji to call this folk art in this art because he thinks there are two basic elements of the elements of drama and gamelan gong sound accompaniment Kebyar on every movement of players as well as the atmosphere of dramatic transition.
The gamelan jegog is one of the most impressive sounding ensembles in the world. It is an orchestra of bamboo marimbas, with keys (tubes) ranging from small to gigantic. The largest tubes, up to three meters long, are used for the bass jegog, for which the ensemble is named.
The resonant bass tones of the gamelan jegog can be hear heard a kilometer or more away in the (increasingly rare) quiet areas of Bali. Many unique forms of interlocking figuration have been developed for jegog, weaving complex melodic textures entirely within a strange four-tone scale, used for no other gamelan in Bali.
Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousand of Hindu people by bringing all the equipment ceremonies and the symbol of gods to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify all the elements of this universe.
One of the most important of ritual dance in Bali, is the Baris. Baris derives its name from the word bebarisan, which literally means a line of file of formation. It refers to the ancient Balinese soldiers who were used by raja-raja , (the Balinese King ) to protect their kingdom in times of disturbance. Aside from its ritual function, the baris is also known as a patriotic or warrior drill dance. As a rule the dance is performed by men, usually in a group numbering from four to sixty dancers.
After the ceremonies ended, several groups of people sitting cross-legged and form a circle. In the center served a mound of rice and side dishes on the tray. They eat a bite after bite of the order. Meal interspersed with light chatter. This is the culture of eating style Karangasem, Bali, called megibung.