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Iseh in The Morning Light

Bali has for a hundred years nigh borne witness to a ground breaking metamorphosis of its arts in its many avatars. During the 1930s when Balinese artists only created artwork dedicated to the Pura (temple) and Puri (Royal palace), there arrived a catalyst in the form...

Bali’s Mystical “Penjor”

© Courtesy of Instagram account: @aryaadii02 Bamboo is associated with Lord Krishna and his bansuri (flute made with bamboo). In Bali this versatile grass (it is an evergreen grass, not a tree) is endemic and is used in the construction of dwellings, religious symbols...

The Mighty Jukung

In 1989 crews from New Zealand, Australia, United States, Britain, Japan, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Indonesia sailed nine Jukungs (also called Cadik) from Bali to Darwin, across the Timor Sea, a distance of a thousand nautical miles. The journey took three...

Bali – The Seen and Unseen

Bali – The Seen and Unseen When Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian Nobel Laureate, arrived on the island of Bali he said, ‘I see India all around me but I don’t recognise it.’ There is much truth in this. Balinese vibrant ethos is a unique blend of Hinduism, Buddhism,...