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As a tribute to Niang Sengog and Gungkak Mandera, their pupils from several generations organized a photo and film exhibition and dance performances, on August 26, 27, 28 and 29 in 2007, located at Peliatan village.

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BOOK LAUNCH – Dari Peliatan Menggetarkan Dunia (by Guruh Soekarno Putra, Anak Agung Oka Dalem, Bulantrisna Djelantik)

In addition to performing the works of students, a Photo Exhibition and Book Launch for “Dari Peliatan Menggetarkan Dunia” were held. This book, describing the careers of Anak Agung Gde Mandera and Gusti Made Sengog, was written by Guruh Soekarno Putra, Anak Agung Oka Dalem, and Bulantrisna Djelantik. They were assisted by collaborators in Jakarta — Alberthiene Endah, Arif Wilopo, and Siti Rahmah — and in Bali — Dewa Putu Santika, Gai Littler and Kadek Ferry.

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MENGENANG SANG GURU – Book of Program _ front & back cover (contents & design: f-studio 2007)

Four gamelan groups participated in this event:

Sekaa Gong Kebyar GUNUNG SARI, Peliatan:
– Instrumental Kapiraja
– Pendet Dance
– Legong Lasem Dance
– Kebyar Duduk Dance
– Legong Bapang Dance

Sekaa Gong Semara Pegulingan GUNUNG JATI, Teges Kanginan, Peliatan:
– Instrumental Gambang Kuta
– Legong Kuntir Dance
– Legong Pelayon Dance

Sekaa Gong Semara Pegulingan TIRTA SARI, Peliatan:
– Instrumental Sekar Gendot
– Instrumental Tirta Sari
– Puspa Mekar Dance
– Lambang Sari Dance
– Legong Lasem Dance (complete version)
– Legong Semarandhana Dance
– Legong Untung Surapati Dance (newly created)
Legong Sri Sedana Dance (newly created)
– Legong Kuntul Putih Dance

Sekaa Gong Kebyar GENTA BHUANA SARI, Peliatan, (younger generation):
– Instrumental Kebar Susun
– Sabungan Ayam Dance
– Teruna Jaya Dance
– Kebyar Terompong Dance
– Oleg Tamulilingan Dance
Legong Mintaraga Dance (new Legong creation dance)
– Janger Kreasi Greget Sari
– Gandrung Kesuma Sari

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MENGENANG SANG GURU _ giant banner (design by f-studio)

Some dances and instrumental programs above have a very long history because the genius of the composer and choreographer have given them lasting popularity. One example is the “Oleg Tamulilingan” dance created by I Ketut Maria (known as Mario) in 1952 with the composer I Wayan Sukra, from Tabanan Bali, where up to now this dance is still very popular and frequently staged by various groups — children, adolescents, and adults — in various prestigious events.

One feature that makes all these dances live, is “taksu,” a Balinese word meaning aura, or inner power, which they had when danced by the Maestros who were very well known and admired in the world dance of Bali, from the 1950’s to the 1970’s: Gusti Ayu Raka (first dancer of the Bumblebee Dance), Agung Bagus Mandera (son of Agung Mandera), Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik. Fortunately they are still actively dancing and teaching younger pupils of the Peliatan Legong (Peliatan style).

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Special Gifts for All Artists and Guests

Author : kadek ferry © f-studio
Photos: Doc. f studio 2007
Thanks to Rodney Merrill