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Bali told to create an agency on `subak’

Wasti Atmodjo ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Denpasar

The Bali provincial administration should create a legal entity to watch over the declining number of subak, a seminar concluded.

A subak is a traditional Balinese irrigation system where a traditional village manages one or two subak units, depending on the size.

In a seminar titled “Revitalizing agriculture values in the development of city farming” at the Bali Museum held by the Denpasar Agriculture Agency on Thursday, experts agreed that the condition of subak in Bali was spiraling out of control.

I Wayan Jelantik, chief of a subak unit in Kesiman district of Denpasar, said subak, as an institution and its function, had greatly dwindled.

He said subak, as an institution, needed a legal entity to control its numbers because farmers had no idea who they could talk to for consultation on managing the subak.

I Wayan Windia, a professor from the Udayana University’s agriculture faculty, agreed, saying subak as a traditional farming system had been abandoned by most residents for other means of living.

He pointed out the example of the water from the rivers in Gianyar, which had been circumvented to supply water reservoirs belonging to hotels. Another example, he said, was the rafting business, which saw businessmen block waterways to create larger river streams in turn blocking water going into the region’s subak.

“This is happening because we fail to defend the importance of subak, dictated by other interests,” he said.

Windia urged the provincial administration to designate land that could only be used for farming.

“And the farmers developing these farms should receive incentives such as tax exemptions, subsidies and financial help in marketing their products,” he said.

Source: The Jakarta Post

Add comment February 23rd, 2009

Bulantrisna Djelantik: A very nice pair of genes

Trisha Sertori

There seems to be something extraordinary in the Djelantik gene structure. Family members of this well-known Balinese royal lineage have both sides of the brain switched firmly on.

From the last king of Karangasem, Goesti Bagoes Djelantik, described by his granddaughter, Bulantrisna Djelantik, as “an artist, an architect and a dreamer”, his son, humanitarian, doctor and art patron, A.A.Made Djelantik and his daughter, Bulantrisna, a dancer, doctor and now actress, the family display the best of right and left brain creativity and pragmatism.

However Bulan, as Bulantrisna is known, does not believe this dual nature — this right and left brain hemisphere life view — is restricted to her family, but rather an aspect of Balinese culture.

“I feel everyone can use both sides of the brain, the scientific or logical and the creative, but we don’t use it. All Balinese have this (left and right brain activity)… farmers work in the fields all day and play gamelan all night,” says Bulan, citing just one example of the daily exercise of brain hemispheres that is the norm for many Balinese.

A norm that appears to keep people young and active: At 60 years of age, Bulan is remarkably beautiful — she radiates a calmness that explodes with a zest for life every few minutes in laughter. She is utterly engaged with the world around her. That engagement is seen in her work in medicine, dance, literature, children’s education, film, the environment — just about everything that crosses her radar.

“At the moment we (with Saritaksu Publications) are in the process of releasing the Indonesian language version of Against All Odds by Idanna Puci, with illustrations by my father, A.A.Made Djelantik. The illustrations were done as physiotherapy and it turns out he was making water color paintings of his life ever since he was born.

“Every illustration has a story from his memoirs that touch on courage, ethics — his life as a Balinese prince that had a Western education then came back to Indonesia to work in public health in remote islands back in 1948,” says Bulan of a book that aims to gives kids a hero figure to emulate.

As well as the book, Bulan recently completed her first film-acting role in director Garin Nugroho’s new film Under the Tree.

“The film tells the stories of five women in Bali — that’s why I was willing to do it. It tells the stories behind the postcard of Bali. My role in the film is a doctor who is also a dancer,” laughs Bulan of film imitating life.

She points out there was very little character acting involved as she has danced since she was a small child and continued to dance during her years as a specialist ear doctor.

“Very few people know that when I was writing my Masters in Medicine in Munich as a young student, I was also traveling the country dancing,”

That blend of medicine and dance continues today. Though retired from medical practice, Bulan still chairs the Southeast Asia Society for Sound Hearing, and still dances and choreographs.

It is perhaps through dance that Bulan maintained her ties with her childhood home, an essence of her religion, family and lands concentrated like familiar perfume in the Balinese dance she carried within her across the world.

Recently returning to Bali after 40 years studying, working and living in Bandung, Germany, New Delhi and America, Bulan says she feels like a stranger in her own home territory. Bali has changed so very much from her childhood memories of the island.

“I am excited to be back, but I do feel like a stranger in my island. When I was small there were very few foreigners and I knew them all — now there are what, 40,000 expats!

“Bali has become very crowded. Not with people but with action. There is tourism and conferences and ceremonies. In the past people only went to ceremonies in their own villages, but with cars and motor bikes, people are zipping to ceremonies all over the place. Due to all this activity, Bali has become a very exciting place,” says Bulan.

This zipping about and activity in Bali does not make Bulan fear for the future of the island — she is not rooted in the Bali of her childhood, rather she welcomes the future with open arms. “But checks and balances are needed in our society. We can not go against change, but it is most important we have a sieve to keep what’s good and sift out the rest.

“All this globalization and media attention on Bali won’t be stopped, and I do feel that we still can find Bali’s essence. That is not static, that essence is always fluid, but within that movement, Bali will always be Bali. The island won’t become Hawaii or the Caribbean it will always be Bali and in some ways I think we have Kuta to thank for that.

“Kuta is a shock therapy that makes people aware of what can happen and, hopefully that shock therapy protects the rest of Bali against bombs, terrible environmental damage and over exploitation,” Bulan says.

That essence of Bali remembered from childhood is still alive and can be found confidently meshing with the modern world, says Bulan.

“I remember going to Tirtagangga and Ujung water palace as a child. My grandfather (King Goesti) built these water palaces, not for his family and guests, but for the people to have somewhere to go for recreation and picnics.

“As a child I remember every Galungan and Kuningan, Hindu families would have picnics in the gardens and at Muslim or Christian holidays there would be Muslim or Christian families having picnics under the trees,” says Bulan of the water palaces that have been maintained and kept open to the public by the Djelantik family.

The family legacy to the well being of Bali’s cultural, social, environmental and health services continues with Bulan’s commitment to the Balitaksu Foundation that supports film and film making in Indonesia.

“I believe film can open a whole new field where not only Balinese, but other Indonesians have the potential to show our face to the world through films.

“I sincerely hope Indonesian film will become known … film we can showcase our country. In America people asked how I can live here (Indonesia) with bombs everywhere. That is such a wrong perception of Indonesia that needs to be addressed.”

Source: The Jakarta Post

Add comment June 6th, 2008

Remembered for introducing Balinese painting to the world

Kadek Krishna Adidharma, Contributor, Ubud, Bali

Born a Balinese prince at the time of Dutch occupation, Anak Agung Made Djelantik (1919-2007) became a genuine Renaissance man who lived through the great changes that shaped our modern world today. His observations of those times and the arts of Bali are his gift to future generations.

After a life in service to the health of the world, Anak Agung Made Djelantik passed away on the eve of Sept. 5, 2007, at the age of 88. As a specialist in tropical diseases, he worked for many years with the World Health Organization to combat Malaria in Africa, the Middle East and throughout Indonesia. He was the first Balinese Director of Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar. It is his contribution to arts and culture, however, that is being honored here today.

At the late doctor’s simple one-day kingsan ring geni (bequeathal to fire) ceremony at the ancient palace of Karangasem, A. A. Gede Rai of Yayasan Walter Spies Bali and Horst Jordt of Walter Spies Society Germany decided to dedicate a permanent exhibition in a special room at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA). It is fitting that the Dr. Djelantik Room will be located next to a room dedicated to his favorite German painter, Walter Spies (1895-1942).

“We would like to honor Djelantik’s exemplary life,” insisted Horst Jordt, “as well as to remember the fact that he founded Yayasan Walter Spies Bali in 1981.”

Besides founding Lestibia, an agency for cultural preservation in Bali, Djelantik was the engaged and charismatic Spies foundation chairman for nearly two decades until his coma in 1999. He arranged many spectacular festivals to continue Spies’ work to foster emerging artists. In doing so, he had the support of Spies’ biographer Hans Rhodius who funded the society’s charitable works until he passed away in 1988.

While Walter Spies was a central figure in creating the image of Balinese idyll for the West and brought Western influences to Bali, Djelantik embodied the fusion of Balinese and European values.

Semi-retirement brought him to general practice at his home in Renon, Bali, where he continued to offer perceptive diagnosis along with practical non-invasive health solutions to his many patients. Active and engaging to a ripe old age, always gentle and kind, he lived as a humbling example for others.

His broad encyclopedic knowledge was born not only from many years of study, voracious reading and travel, but most importantly from an inquisitive mind and a modest persona.

Despite being a prince of the royal court of Karangasem in East Bali, he was never aloof. Alert even in his fragile days, he was always ready to learn from the people around him, and had a kind and thoughtful word for all.

His entry into the world of art writing was reluctant. It was after several letters from publishers that Djelantik, at the insistence of his wife Astri, accepted the offer to write a book on Balinese art.

“I’m just a Doctor,” Djelantik once said, “I know nothing about art.”

This honest and down-to-earth attitude, together with his clinical training and language skills, produced the first diagnostic of Balinese art. Through Balinese Painting (Oxford University Press, 1990), he presented an in-depth review of the various styles of Balinese paintings, the artists and their work. The artists’ answers he studiously noted down from interviews and his sensitive appraisal of artworks revealed the intricate web of religious and social values as well as the painting techniques that constitute the Balinese style.

He also touched upon the intriguing transition in which Balinese art found itself torn between the demand for mass production for the tourist trade and the desire to preserve the notion of Bali as the “last paradise” in traditional paintings.

His passion for art also led to a miraculous recovery. To regain motor skills after a coma in 1999, Djelantik began to wield a paintbrush again, something he had not done since his honeymoon. A remarkable series of vivid watercolor paintings, both na‹ve and poignant was the result of his art therapy, which revived his coordination and memory from the life-threatening hiatus.

These watercolors will be exhibited at ARMA along with select memorabilia in a permanent exhibition that opens Wednesday. “We did not expect, that it could be done within a few months,” noted Horst Jordt, adding, “We are lucky. This has been made possible thanks to support from the German Embassy in Jakarta.” Rucina Ballinger, the co-author of Balinese Dance, Drama And Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali described Djelantik as a “Renaissance man supreme, doctor of dharma, aesthetician, and one of most decent human beings I have ever met.”

Opening of the “Dr. A.A.M. Djelantik Room” 5 p.m., Jan. 9 Agung Rai Museum of Art

Source: The Jakarta Post

Add comment January 8th, 2008

Pilihan Menarik Wisata di Kabupaten Karangasem Bali

Taman Ujung didirikan tahun 1919 oleh Raja Karangasem terkahir, terletak di Desa Tumbu, yang waktu itu digunakan sebagai tempat perisitirahatan Raja Karangasem. Karena keindahannya Taman Ujung di sebut sebagai “Istana Air”. Konstruksi arsitektur Taman Ujung memiliki kemiripan dengan Taman Air Tirtagangga dan Puri Agung Karangasem.

Candidasa adalah menjadi daerah tujuan utama dari para wisatawan yang datang ke Karangasem, terletak di wilayah Bugbug, Kecamatan Karangasem. Candidasa terkenal sebagai replika pantai Kuta karena sama - sama memiliki pasir putih. Sangat cocok untuk olah raga air seperti berenang, menyelam dan snorkling.

Tulamben sangat terkenal di Bali sebagai tempat untuk melakukan aktivitas diving dan snoekeling. Disini kita dapat jumpai Kapal US Liberty yang tenggelam waktu perang dunia II. Karang lautnya banyak terdapat populasi berbagai jenis ikan tropis yang sangat indah. Karena keindahan launtnya Tulamben dujuluki sebagai sorganya bagi pencinta diving dan snorkeling. Tulamben terletak di Kecamatan Kubu 21 Km Utara Karangasem.

Besakih terletak di Kecamatan Rendang. Besakih menawarkan panorama dengan backdrop Gunung Agung yang memiliki ketinggian 3142 meter. Pada bagian lereng Gunung AGung terletak sebuag Pura dengan dama Pura Besakih yang di nela sebagai Pura terbesar di Bali sebagi temput suci bagi umat Hindu.

Terletak di Desa Pesaban Kecamtan Rendang, 8 Km sebelah Utara Klungkung (semarapura)at. Bukit jambul terkenal sebagi tempat perbehentian bagi wisatawan karena keindahan alam yang sangat alami di antaranya berupa sawah terasering.

Telaga Waja adalah sebuah sungai yang ada di Desa Rendang yang sangat cocok untuk ativitasng rafting. Telaga Waja memiliki air yang sangat bersih dan beberapa karang dan batu besar sepanjang aliran sungai.

Iseh adalah objek wisata alam yang terletak di desa Sidemen. Panorama indah dengan udara yang sangat sejuk terletak dibagian bawah lereng Gunung Agung dengan amaparan sawah terasering sangat indah. Bila anda mengunjungi Iseh jangan lupa melihat proses pembuatan kain Endek dan Songket yang menggunakan cara tradisional dan yang sangat terkenal di Bali. ISeh terletak di Desa Sidemen.

Jemeluk terletak di Desa Purwakerti, Kecamatan Abang. Panorama yang sangat indah terletak antaraq laut dan perbukitan. Jemeluk juga sangat cocok untuk melakukan diving dan snorkling karena keindahan lam bawah laut yang sangat indah. Setelah mjengunjungi tempat ini Anda dapat melanjutkan perjalanan Anda ke Tulamben dan Ke Taman Ujung lewat a Bunutan - Seraya - Ujung - Amlapura.

Terletak di Desa Abang, Kecamatan Abang hanya 6 km sebelah Utara Amlapura. Tirtagangga didirikan pada tahun 1948 oleh Raja Karangasem terkahir yang digunakan sebgai tempat istirahat keluarga raja. Arsitekturnya merupakan panduan antara Eropa, Cina dan arsitektur tradisional Bali. Dikelilingi oleh panorama yang sangat indah membuat Tirtagangga merupakan tujuan yang sangat penting untuk dikunjungi.

Amlapura merupakan Ibu Kota dari Kabuapten Karangasem, terletak 78 Km sebelah Timur Denpasar. Semenjak kerajaan Karangasem didirikan Amlapura merupakan pusat kerajaan. Objek wisata yang terletak di Amlapura adalah Puri Agung dengan perpaduan arsitek Bali, Cina dan Eropa. Puri ini didirikan oleh Anak Agung Gede Jelantik,raja pertama Karangasem. Di dalam istana kita akan menemukan koleksi foto dari keluarag para raja serta kostum yang dipakai raja saat itu.

Desa Sibetan sangat terkenal dengan buah salak, buah bersisik yang sangat nikmat. Desa Sibetan juga menyajikan panorama yang sangat indah dengan lam yang natural dan dengan pemandangan laut yang biru. Desa ini terletak di Kecamatan Bebandem sekitar 5 Km dari Putung.

Salah satu pemandangan yang sangat atraktif adalah Putung yang terletak di Desa Duda TImur, Kecamatan Selat. Lokasinya merupak perpaduan antara lembah dan pegunungan dengan landscape yang sangat indah. Putung memiliki iklim yang sangat indah untuk rileksasi. Di sini juga dapat Anda jumpai buah Salak.

Tenganan adalah Desa Bali Asli yang dikenal sebagai Bali Age. Terletak sekitar 5 Km sebelah Utara Candidasa. Tenganan sangat terkenal dengan budaya dan adat istiadat tradisional Bali. Ritual keagamaan berdasarkan kalendar yang merka susun sendiri dan berbeda dengan kebanyakan masyarakat Bali lainnya. Desa Tenganan menyajikan panorama yang sangat indah dengan backdrop bukit yang sangat indah. Desa ini juga merupakan tempat satu-satunya dimana orang akan menjumpai kain yang disebut sebgai Ikakt Gringsing yang proses pewarnaanya menggunkan warna tradisonal.

Yeh Malet terletak di Desa Antiga Kecamatan Manggis, 33 Km sebelah Barat Amlapura. Yeh Malet merupak tempat yang sangat menarik untuk dikunjungi dengan panorama Gunung Agung dan Pantai. Pantai ini sangat cocok untuk berenang, memancing dan Sunset View. Yeh Malet juga terkenal dengan proses pembutan garam secara tradisional.

Padangbai merupak dermaga bagi kapal laut dan merupak tempat penyembrangan dari Bali ke Lombok. Terletak di Desa Padangbai Kecamatan Manggis.Padangbai juga santa cocok untuk melakukan aktivitas berenang, diving dan snorkeling. Padangbai sangat terkenal dengan pantai pasir putih dengan ikan tropis yang sangat menarik.

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Add comment March 1st, 2007

Amlapura: Why visit?

Every time I’ve visited Amlapura I’ve got good vibes. maybe its just that being in East Bali gives good vibes, I don’t know, but I find Amlapura to be a fairly clean, typical Balinese town, with the usual streetside shops selling pots, pans, fans and stuff most tourists wouldn’t touch.

Amlapura has a small one-way system downtown which is really easy to navigate (if I say its easy, its easy). For the tourist passing through there are local warungs along the main street, Jl. Patih Jelantik, though nothing to write home about. Amlapura does not have any bars, although there is a nightmarket, serving a selection of local food. The population of Amlapura is a mixture of Balinese Hindu’s Chinese and Muslims, evidence of its turbulent history.

Wartel - 24 hours on Jl. Ngurah Rai
Hospital - Jl. Ngurah Rai
Post office - Jl. Jend Gatut Subroto #25
Banks - BNI (Jl. Kesatrian), BRI & Danamon (Jl. Jl. Gajah Mada)
Buses & Bemos - available at the Terminal on Jl. Kesatrian. Theyy go in all directions. You’ll have to haggle for a fare.
Tourist information - Jl. Diponegoro (Mon -Thurs 7am-3pm, Fri 7am-noon)
(0363) 21196
Petrol station - Out of town on the road to Candi Dasa and Jl. Untung Surapati heading towards Tirtaganga.

Accommodation in Amlapura:
Villa Amlapura - located on Jl. Gajah Mada, has a selection of rooms, ranging from simple, to hot water rooms. Rooms 70,000-100,000rp).

What’s in the area:
Ujung water palace to the south - 15 minutes
Tirta Ganga water palace to the north - 20 minutes
Rice terraces and scenic views / hiking at Sideman / Iseh to the west - 50 minutes
Perfect beach at Pasir Putih, at Perasi to the SW. - 25 minutes
Restaurants and bars in Candi Dasa to the SW. - 40 minutes
Amed to the NE. - 1 hour
•Tenganan, Bali Aga village to the SW. - 55 minutes

By the way, when approaching Amlapura from the SW, via Candi Dasa, you might take a right turn, when you come to the statue at the 3 way junction in Jasri. That route leads to Ujung and onto Amlapura and is scenic, with lovely views of ricefields and Gunung Agung on a clear day.

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Add comment November 9th, 2006

Ace Hardware: Kuta Bali

Expats living in Bali often need the nuts and bolts, meaning hammers, drills, electrical and equipment etc. The one stop place is Ace Hardware in Kuta. Today I went over to Ace for a closer look.

Ace Hardware is an American company, with branches all over the world. Their range of goods is extensive, everything from garden, to automotive to interior decoration. Here in Bali the prices are somewhat higher than they are in the US, as the merchandise has to be imported and shoppers have fewer options if they don’t go to Ace.

Ace is located in the Kuta Galeria, at the Sunset Rd and Jl. Imam Bonjol. Its building is one large aircraft hanger, with everything laid out in separate departments.

Here’s a few of the items and prices for each department.

Outdoor living:
Gazebo - 299,000rp
Weber gas bbq ,size large, deluxe with attached table - 11,500,000rp
Weber charcoal bbq - 1,567,000rp
RubberMaid medium cooler - 419,000rp
Tyrano mountain bike - 5,255,000rp

Other stock includes camping equipment, sporting goods (leather soccer ball - 59,000rp), swimming goggles (34,000rp), Pet care products and garden loungers.

Lawn & Garden:
This section has tools, gloves, chemicals, ornaments.

1 gallon of Ace Home Insect Control - 135,500rp
1 petrol lawn mower made by White Outdoor - 7.7m rp

This section includes paint, brushes, ladders and other gear.
1 gallon (3.79 liter) Ace Flat Wall Paint (Acrylic latex) 230,000rp
1 quart (946ml) Ace Satin Wall & Trim (Acrylic latex enamel) 85,700rp
Basic step ladder - 597,000rp
Also includes exterior paint and spray paint.

Every accessory for cars except the car itself.
Turtle Wax Express shine - 53,000rp
Prestone ATF Stop Leak - 58,500rp
Shell Helix Motor Oil (1 liter) 31,500rp

Krisbow safe, 380*350*360 - 2m rp
Sentry Safe, fire & water safe, A5846603*472*472 - 6.2m rp
Locker set by Ace, featuring 12 lockers is a 6 foots stack - 1,729,000rp

Also available are locks, nuts, bolts.
A regular rotating Master Lock is 77,900rp

J-Tech Double Open End Wrench Set, 5.5-2.7mm (9 pieces) - 272,000rp
Ace Adjustable Wrench (10 inch) 49,600rp
Krisbow 9 piece Ball Point Hex Key 45,000rp

Also available are tool boxes, trolleys, carts, pallet lifts, air compressors, drills, circular saws, hard hats, levels, tape measures,
Krisbow 600mm spirit level - 89,100rp

This section features interior lighting, flash lights, camping lanterns, ceiling fans, power strips.

Cleaning Supplies:
This section includes mops, detergents, scrubbing brushes
A 2.9 liter jug of Tide laundry soap is 191,000rp
Shout Stain Remover (650ml) is 57,000rp
Windex (768ml) is 54,500rp
Mop with head and handle is 73,300rp

This section includes cups, plates, vases, chairs, furniture, candles, picture frames, shelving, rice cookers, microwaves.

Kris microwave - 625,000rp
Kris stand up fan - 748,000rp

Also there is a large selection of Tupperware and dining accessories, air cleaners, irons, kettles.
Kris Dry Iron - 89,000rp

Looking at Ace from a 10,000ft level, I’d say most of there stuff is way overpriced, but it is handy to have a single place where you can come and pick up stuff that works.

Membership for a year is 100,000rp and will give you 5% off of everything you buy.

Ace Hardware
Istana Kuta Galeria
Jl. Patih Jelantik


Ace is open from 9am-10pm daily. Free parking available for cars and bikes.

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Add comment September 27th, 2006

Pilot Project Installation of Canopy Gate and Detector Metal

the Government Badung show its serious in security and safety handling in region badung with installation of canopy gate and detector metal in some strategic areas.

For the agenda of creating security, balmy and order is region by tourism like Kuta and Jimbaran, Pemkab Badung plan to do installation of canopy gate and detector metal. Installation being planned in the  five points is expected able to start operating beginning of October 2006. The thing is submitted by Kesbanglinmas head Badung IB Yoga Segara when doing socialisation of installation of equipment canopy gate and detector metal to Lurah and Bendesa Adat Kuta-Seminyak-Legian-Jimbaran is meeting room by Wakil Bupati Badung, Sempidi.

Yoga Segara explain five point of location of installation of the equipment is each 1 fruits in region Seminyak namely in Jl. Raya Seminyak near by Warung Made, 3 fruits in region Kuta in Jl. Patih Jelantik, Northside SD 1 Tantalums and Jl. Dewi Sartika. While in Jimbaran 1buah in eastside Café Muaya. While government officer who involved in execution of inspection at each post consisted of 5 namely police, Bankamdes, pol PP district and of special pecalang still be deliberation again. The personnels equiped with equipments of 1 canopy gate, 2 detector metals, 1 suspection mirror and a HT.

Yoga Segara realize limitation of budget and equipment cause the limited place of location of installation of the equipment. Even though, his side expect support from public to socialize installation of the equipment is so that realized security, balmy and order. Besides, public is expected able to submit lacking of the equipment to member of council to be able to be added in budget the year 2007.

Installation in 5 locations is of course felt hardly less, for the reason hope to add equipment and location of installation can be accomodated by council,” said Yoga Segara.

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Add comment September 12th, 2006

Battle of Puputan Celebrations: Bali

Being in Bali between the months of September and December this year will be an exciting one with celebrations planned for the commemoration of the Battle of Puputan which occurred in 1906.

The Battle of Puputan was sparked by the sinking of a Dutch ship in 1904. The Dutch blamed the loss of the loads on Badung people. After fruitless negotiations, governor-general van Heutz deployed his troops to the southern coast of Bali in 1906.The king led his people into battle, which took place over seven days; many were killed and Badung was defeated. The prince, who was 11 years old, was exiled to Lombok.

Food festivals and traditional dance festivals as well as a golf tournament amongst others are planned as part of the celebrations. Here is a small article from the JP explaining all about it including an excellent website:

Battle of Puputan to be Commemorated: Bali

The 10th king of Denpasar, Ida Tjokorda Ngurah Jambe Pemecutan, told a press conference that the fighting spirit of the Battle of Puputan in 1906 between the Dutch and Badung kingdom has inspired efforts to lift Bali out of its economic slump.

Therefore seizing the moment to help recover the Bali economy, the Association of Indonesian Female Entrepreneurs(IWAPI) and Indo-PR will hold a series of events there from September through December.

Billed 100 tahun Perang Puputan Bali (100 years since the Battle of Puputan in Bali) the events will include a golf tournament, trade bazaar, Nusantara food festival, traditional dance festival and Puputan heritage exhibition.

“There will be about 260 booths in the bazaar mainly from small and medium sized enterprises and members of IWAPI” Indo-PR president director Damayanti Hakim Tohir said. “Mostly they will sell handicrafts.”

The Puputan Heritage will take place at the former Badung palace which now serves as the governor’s residence. There will be dozens of permanent artifacts on display. In addition the organizer is negotiating with a museum in Leiden to bring some Puputan artifacts to Denpasar.

For the dance festival the committee has asked seasoned dancers Retno Maruti and Bulan Tisna Djelantik to perform. Both dancers performed an extraordinary collaboration last month in Jakarta.

The Battle of Puputan was sparked by the sinking of a Dutch ship in 1904. The Dutch blamed the loss of the loads on Badung people. After fruitless negotiations, governor-general van Heutz deployed his troops to the southern coast of Bali in 1906.

The king led his people into battle, which took place over seven days; many were killed and Badung was defeated. The prince, who was 11 years old, was exiled to Lombok.

The organizing committee has managed to obtain a reproduction of 200 Battle of Puputan pictures taken by Dutch soldiers. The originals are kept in Leiden.

The committee plans to publish a bilingual coffee-table book containing pictures and the story of the Battle of Puputan as part of the series.

Add comment June 28th, 2006


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