Photo: The gamelan players from the Karawitan Study Program of ISI Denpasar in the Performance of Bhakti Widya Kahuripan at Pura Pasar Agung, Batur Village, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency, Sunday (3/3).

Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar-Bali held the Bhakti Widya Kahuripan “Cupak Gerantang Anglanglang Dharma” at Pura Pasar Agung, Batur Village, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency, Sunday, March 3, 2024, evening.

The composition of the Karawitan Study Program, Faculty of Performing Arts, ISI Denpasar, became the main accompaniment in the dance drama “Cupak Gerantang Anglanglang Dharma”. Not only that, the Balinese gamelan also complemented the performance by accompanying the Kakuwung War Dance and Rejang Sadhyang Ulu Rani, and presenting Tabuh Kebyar Dang Citta Utsawa and Tabuh Gambang Suling as the opening acts.

This monumental and harmonious traditional Balinese music piece was composed by three prominent lecturers from the Faculty of Performing Arts, ISI Denpasar, namely Dean Dr. I Ketut Garwa, Coordinator of the Karawitan Arts Study Program I Nyoman Kariasa, M.Sn., and Head of the Performing Arts Education Study Program Laboratory, I Wayan Diana, S.Sn., M.Sn.

Photo: The gamelan players from the Karawitan Study Program of ISI Denpasar in the Performance of Bhakti Widya Kahuripan at Pura Pasar Agung, Batur Village, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency, Sunday (3/3).

According to the Coordinator of the Karawitan Arts Study Program I Nyoman Kariasa, M.Sn., the composition of the percussion for the Bhakti Widya Kahuripan performance has been prepared and practiced with students for 2 months, starting from January 2024. A total of 24 percussionists contributed to perfecting this work. They consisted of 4 lecturers, 3 educational staff, and 17 students of the Karawitan Arts Study Program.

“This composition is a form of realization of the learning outcomes that students of Karawitan Study Program have obtained and demonstrates their dedication to the rich values and beauty of traditional Balinese art,” he said.

Nyoman Kariasa hopes that this performance will not only enrich the local community’s artistic insight but also serve as tangible evidence of the sustainability of Bali’s cultural heritage that needs to be preserved and appreciated by younger generations. “With the spirit of Bhakti Widya Kahuripan, ISI Denpasar continues to play an active role in preserving and developing traditional arts as an integral part of Indonesia’s cultural identity,” he said. (ISIDps/Humas-RT)

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