Balinese Artists Urges Government To Maintain Pendet Dance

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Balinese artists and traditional performers urged the government to be able to fight and defend Pendet Dance as cultural heritage and tradition wealth of the Indonesian nation.

"We expect the Government of Indonesia can maintain Pendet Dance, after the art as the legacy down through the generations of ancestors of the Balinese people claimed belonged to Malaysia," said Ida Ayu Agung Mas, a member of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD-RI), when contacted by ANTARA in Denpasar, Bali.

She mentions, it will immediately convey the aspirations of the Balinese artists to the government to be actionable, so that this nation is no longer lost treasures that are priceless. Not only Pendet, but the painting or batik pattern and some works of folk songs in the country also had claimed belonged to Malaysia. "This is too far," she said.

Malaysia through broadcast advertising "Visit Malaysia Year" impressed claiming Pendet Dance or Welcome Dance that usually served to the important guests who come to the Island of the Gods.

Pendet Dance brought by women dressed in traditional Balinese aired several times in the ad "Visit Malaysia Year" on several television stations at home and abroad. Professor from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Denpasar Prof. MA Wayan Dibia states, based on the observation, the dancers who appear in these ads are Balinese.

"The two dancers who performed are alumnus of ISI Denpasar named Lusia and Wiwik. The shot made by Bali Record about two to three years ago," said Prof. Dibia.
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