Balinese Gamelan Music Reaches Russia

Friday, 8 October 2010 | 934

Over 700 Russian spectators have been treated to a special performance of the ancient Balinese traditional music of Gamelan announced the Secretary of the Indonesia Embassy in Moscow, Johannes O S Manginsela, on Monday.

Performers from the Indonesian Fine Arts Institute of Denpasar gave their recital of Gamelan music in the Philharmonic in Tula, 200 Km from Moscow.

The performance was a part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Russia diplomatic relations by the Indonesia Embassy, the Indonesian Fine Arts Institute of Denpasar, and supported by the Indonesia Education Ministry. The theme of the celebrations is ‘The colour of Indonesia’.

The Gamelan performers were accompanied by Indonesian dancers. Together they dazzled about 750 spectators at the theatre in the hometown of the great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy.

At the end of the performance, the spectators applauded and exclaimed `malajet...malajet,` or great.

As part of the celebrations, the Indonesia Fine Art Institute`s team also mesmerized the Moscow art community in Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the most prestigious school of classical music in Russia where 200 spectators crammed in to watch the recital.

At the end of the show, the audience continued applauding demanding an encore. The performance finally ended with a standing ovation.

During the performance the Gamelan orchestra was the background music for traditional Indonesian dances such as Selat Segara from Bali, Padang Bulan from E Java, Oleg Tambulingan from Bali, Pakerana of Sulawesi, Mandau, Garuda, and Berburu from Papua.

The Saman dance from Aceh, however, was accompanied by live traditional music which relied on the prime acoustic design of the concert hall without speakers or sound system.

The Indonesia Ambassador to Moscow, Hamid Awaludin said the Indonesian art and culture exhibition and performance is part of artistic and cultural diplomacy and encourages the development of this Indonesian tourism sector.

It is expected that Russians who had previously only known Bali as a tourism object would come to learn more about other tourism destinations in Indonesia.

The 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Russia diplomatic relations has provided a catalyst to improve the relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Margaritha Karatygina of the Moscow International relations department from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory welcomed the success of Indonesia Fine Art Institute of Denpasar, and believed that the successful performance will encourage Russian students to study Eastern music, especially Gamelan.

Indonesia has a very rich cultures, said the assistant rector of the Indonesia Fine Art Institute of Denpasar, I Wayan Suweca, adding that the Institute presented a `Nusantara Package`.

Russia was one of the countries rich in arts and cultures with high appreciations, he said.

Both countries have the potential to develop cooperative relationships in art and culture and the Art Institute of Denpasar was willing and ready to establish cooperation with the Russian Art institute, he said.

Source: Courtesy of antaranews

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