Balinese Gamelan Music , Dance Lessons And Health Therapy



( Kadek Agus Cahaya Suputra, Ssn.Msn )

A family founded centre, our vision is to document and reconstruct rare or extinct Balinese gamelan music and dance.

( Balinese Gamelan Music )

The word gamelan in the Balinese context is thought to originate from the word ‘magambel’ which means “to hit”. A gamelan instrument is often percussive with keyed xylophones or pot gongs made of a variety of materials, gongs of various sizes, double-headed drums and cymbals.
However, not all Balinese gamelan instruments are percussive. There are also wind, bowed, plucked and strummed instruments.

There are seventeen gamelan orchestras at Mekar Bhuana: one antique seven-tone semara pagulingan set, one antique semara patangian (pelegongan) set, two sets of selonding (with different tunings), six antique gender wayang sets (all with different tunings), one antique baleganjur set, one pejogedan set, genggong, three antique angklung sets (with different tunings), gong suling, and one antique gong bheri.

We achieve this through research and study, then we educate through workshopslessons and performances. Some people may think that Balinese gamelan and dance art-forms are well preserved because there are still many ceremonies in Bali; however, they are not looking at the details. Based on serious long-term research, we look at the details of Balinese gamelan music and dance and encourage others to see and appreciate these differences and the importance of documenting and reconstructing them for future generations.

( Balinese Dance )

What is Balinese Dance?

It is an expression of the human soul which is realised through movement of all the body in a beautiful way, accompanied by music and rhythm based on the character and theme of the dance.

In Bali, the art of dance finds its foundation in ceremonial dances which are always connected with rituals, such as those to the gods, ancestors and the forces of nature. There is no word for ‘art’ because art is considered to be a natural part of everyday life and is never specifically verbalised as one word. Balinese translated the word dance as ‘sesolahan’ and a dancer is referred to as a ‘pragina’.

Balinese dances are intimately connected with the surrounding environment. Nature has been a source of inspiration to composers and choreographers resulting in many different movements. Apart from nature, daily human body movements have also been added to the extensive vocabulary of Balinese dance, adding to its scope and beauty.

Balinese dance is very unique, dynamic and highly stylised. A dancer must be able to move every part of their body in a dance, from head to toe.

Basic Balinese Dance Movements

In general, basic Balinese dance movements can be put into three categories:

1. Agem is the basic posture that carries a certain meaning that doesn’t alter from one posture to another.

2. Tandang is a way of transitioning from one basic posture to another, joining the movements together.

3. Tangkep determines that depth of a dance; without it, it lacks soul.

Together with local dancers to preserve rare forms of Balinese dance. We specialise in learning and documenting a number of different Balinese dance forms, including legong, Calonarang, topeng and gambuh.

Through ongoing practices and performances, we hope to document and preserve as much repertoire as possible. We also use the appropriate gamelan sets to accompany these dances: semara patangian (pelegongan) for legong and Calonarang, not the modern gong kebyar or semarandhana; and semar pegulingan saih pitu for topeng, gambuh and pependetan.

Our study programmes have been especially designed based on our extensive overseas teaching experience and knowledge to encourage awareness about the beauty and importance of these indigenous art-forms. Taking workshops and lessons with us supports our projects and research. These programmes also encourage participants to become more aware about the environment in Bali.

For the Balinese Gambelan music and dance course, we can talk together.
Please make an appointment with us.


( Guru Made Sumantra )

What is music therapy?

Music therapy uses music to promote healing and enhance quality of life. It’s a complementary therapy that is used along with other treatments to help patients cope mentally and physically with their diagnosis. Music therapy may involve listening to music,flay music,  creating music, singing, and discussing music, in addition to guided imagery with music.

Can music therapy help people ?

Scientific studies have shown the positive value of music therapy on the body, mind, and spirit of children and adults. Researchers have found that music therapy used along with antiemetic drugs (drugs that relieve nausea and vomiting) in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy can help ease the physical symptoms of nausea and vomiting. When used in combination with pain-relieving drugs, music has been found to decrease the overall intensity of the patient’s experience of pain. This can sometimes result in a reduced use of pain medicine.

Music can also help with the following:

  • Relieve stress, apprehension, and fear

  • Improve mood

  • Lower heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate

  • Relieve depression

  • Relieve sleeplessness

  • Relieve muscle tension and provide relaxation

Music therapists believe that:

  • Rhythm is beneficial. Our muscles, including the heart muscle, synchronize to the beat of music. For example, some classical music approximates the rhythm of the resting heart (70 beats per minute). This music can slow a heart that is beating too fast.

  • Self-expression in music therapy can reveal subconscious thoughts and feelings. It can be therapeutic in the same way psychotherapy has shown to be therapeutic.

  • The creative process of creating art whether it’s through music, painting, sculpture, or dance can be beneficial.

How does music therapy work?

Music therapy can be incorporated into many different environments. People listen to music alone or in groups. This can be done with trained therapists or without. It can be as simple as someone listening to a CD. Specially selected music can be broadcasted into hospital rooms.

Music therapists design music therapy sessions for a wide variety of needs. Some of the ways music is used as therapy include the following:

  • Music improvisation

  • Receptive music listening

  • Song writing

  • Lyric discussion

  • Imagery and relaxation

  • Performance of music

For example, in a music therapy session that is specially designed to promote self-expression, the therapist might create a musical and emotional environment that encourages you to respond by revealing personal experiences or feelings. The session might incorporate speech and drama as well as music. Or the therapist might use singing and discussions. By playing music with lyrics, the therapist can encourage you to make up words that are then formed into a positive, unique song.

What is dance therapy?

Dance therapy uses movement to improve mental and physical well-being. It’s a recognized form of complementary therapy used in hospitals and comprehensive clinical cancer centers.

Can dance therapy help people ?

Several clinical reports suggest that dance therapy helps people accomplish the following:

  • Develop positive body image

  • Improve self-concept and self-esteem

  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Decrease isolation, chronic pain, and body tension

  • Increase communication skills

  • Encourage a sense of well-being

For some  patients, dance therapy is an effective form of exercise. However, dance therapy has not been studied enough to know if there are any unique health benefits to  patients, or to confirm the effects on prevention and/or recovery of illness.

How does dance therapy work?

The physical benefits of dance therapy as exercise are well documented. Experts have shown that physical activity increases special neurotransmitter substances in the brain (endorphins). These create a state of well-being. And total body movement such as dance enhances the functions of other body systems, too. These include circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, and muscular systems. Dance therapy can help you stay physically fit and enjoy the pleasure of creating rhythmic motions with your body.


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