Photo: Prof. Dr. I Wayan ‘Kun’ Adnyana, the Rector of ISI Denpasar, alongside Darmasiswa students during the Dissemination of Darmasiswa Students’ Art Works held at Nata-Citta Art Space (N-CAS) ISI Denpasar, Wednesday (31/1).

Darmasiswa RI students of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Denpasar (ISI Denpasar) presented their works of learning in the Dissemination of Darmasiswa Students’ Art Works for the Academic Year 2023/2024. The dissemination titled “Manawa-Manah-Manu” took place at Nata-Citta Art Space (N-CAS) ISI Denpasar on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. This dissemination activity is a continuation of the Bali Nata Bhuwana Plus learning program.

The dissemination, presented through an exhibition and art performances, was participated in by 11 Darmasiswa students who had undergone lectures at ISI Denpasar for one semester. For the Academic Year 2023/2024, ISI Denpasar welcomed Darmasiswa RI students from nine countries, including one student each from Poland, Armenia, Jordan, Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Belarus, and three students from India. These international students attended lectures alongside regular ISI Denpasar students in various study programs.

Photograph: Prof. Dr. I Wayan ‘Kun’ Adnyana, the Rector of ISI Denpasar, reviewing Darmasiswa students’ artworks at Nata-Citta Art Space (N-CAS) ISI Denpasar, Wednesday (31/1).

The International Affairs Coordinator of ISI Denpasar, also the Chair of the “Manawa-Manah-Manu” Dissemination Organizing Committee, expressed that Darmasiswa students presented a dozen paintings in this exhibition. Besides the Darmasiswa students, a Global-Bali Arts Short Course student, Artemi Lykou, also showcased his paintings.

“This is an opportunity for Darmasiswa students at ISI Denpasar to showcase their artworks to the public after undergoing one semester of learning in the creative environment of ISI Denpasar,” said the English Language Lecturer.

Photo: Mariia Handzel and Florentina Gonzales, Darmasiswa students at ISI Denpasar, performing contemporary dance, Wednesday (31/1).

In addition to the painting exhibition, Darmasiswa students also presented various art performances. These included two contemporary dance performances by Mariia Handzel and Florentina Gonzales, along with Darmasiswa students from Udayana University, Nanoko Fujimura. Rajeev Kumar, an Indian Darmasiswa student, showcased his skills in playing the Tabla (a traditional Indian musical instrument).

The Rector of ISI Denpasar, Prof. Dr. I Wayan ‘Kun’ Adnyana, expressed pride in the enthusiasm of these international students in disseminating their learning outcomes at ISI Denpasar. Prof. Kun emphasized the importance of international collaboration in embracing and appreciating the diversity of arts, acknowledging that such achievements are the result of close cooperation and mutual understanding among students from various cultural backgrounds.

“I highly appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication of Darmasiswa students in presenting their best artworks. This is evidence of the close cross-cultural cooperation within the ISI Denpasar campus environment,” said the Senior Professor of Art History.

Prof. Kun hopes that in the upcoming semester, Darmasiswa students can create even more stunning works. ISI Denpasar is committed to providing full support for the development of students’ talents and creative potentials, while encouraging them to innovate and strive for excellence continually.

The “Manawa-Manah-Manu” Dissemination was enlivened by a Cultural Dialogue activity. Moderated by Ni Putu Tisna Andayani, S.S., M.Hum, the discussion provided an interactive platform for students to share their experiences during their studies at ISI Denpasar.

Photo: Mariia Handzel alongside Darmasiswa students from Udayana University, Nanoko Fujimura, performing contemporary dance, Wednesday (31/1).

Darmasiswa student from India, Rajeev Kumar, shared his experience during his studies at ISI Denpasar. He recounted facing several challenges upon his arrival at ISI Denpasar as he had to adapt to a new environment. However, he was grateful to have successfully completed this first semester. “We finish this first semester with wonderful moments. We had dance performances and displayed our paintings,” said the Karawitan Program Darmasiswa.

Rajeev expressed his admiration for the beauty of Balinese art. Learning Balinese arts, particularly Karawitan, was an extraordinary experience for him. As a beginner in learning Karawitan, Rajeev was captivated by the complexity of Balinese traditional music, which connected him to a meaningful artistic heritage. “Bali’s art is truly captivating and inspiring,” he remarked.

Photo: Prof. Dr. I Wayan ‘Kun’ Adnyana, the Rector of ISI Denpasar, alongside Darmasiswa students during the Dissemination of Darmasiswa Students’ Works at ISI Denpasar event, Wednesday (31/1).

As information, the Darmasiswa RI Program is a non-degree scholarship offered to all foreign students from countries with diplomatic relations with Indonesia to study language, arts, and culture. This program is organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemdikbudristek) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu). The Darmasiswa RI Program aims to promote and increase interest in Indonesian language and culture among youth from other countries. (ISIDps/Humas-RT)