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Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance

Jln. Gandapura No. 501x | Kesiman-Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237, Indonesia
+62 464201
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Private dance lesson

My mother and I had a short private lesson with Evie, and she was absolutely wonderful. Even in a... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2017
Laura B
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Welcoming and informative

We spent the day at Mekah Bhuana learning how to play and the history of Balinese music. A great... read more

Reviewed March 19, 2017
Rob A
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These classes and workshops are for those people who are seriously interested in learning about the beauty and history of these unique traditional art-forms. Visitors can visit this living museum of antique instruments, take lessons, see orchestral rehearsals and catch performances of rare performing art-forms, some of them previously extinct and the results of the centers reconstruction and documentation projects. A family founded center, Mekar Bhuana's vision is to support traditional Balinese gamelan music and dance that is rarely seen or heard. Mekar Bhuana achieve this by working with the Balinese, researching, studying, documenting and reconstructing. Then we educate people, particularly the younger generation, to encourage awareness about the beauty of these endangered art-forms. Mekar Bhuana also formed an online store mekarbhuana with the aim to help gamelan musicians, dancers and crafts people in Bali, but, since proceeds go to gamelan and dance projects and activities, Mekar Bhuana also involving customers together supporting the documentation, preservation and reconstruction of rare and previously extinct Balinese art-forms.
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Jln. Gandapura No. 501x | Kesiman-Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237, Indonesia
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Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

My mother and I had a short private lesson with Evie, and she was absolutely wonderful. Even in a short lesson we were able to learn a lot, and the dress up afterwards was also fantastic. I would highly recommend you visit Mekar Bhuana and...More

Thank Laura B
MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

Thanks for studying Balinese dance with us! It's something that more and more people are choosing to do with family members to complete their Bali experience. The dress-up session indeed adds another dimension again where you get to feel what it is like to be...More

Reviewed March 19, 2017

We spent the day at Mekah Bhuana learning how to play and the history of Balinese music. A great day and a fabulous experience after seeing Gamelan ensembles as part of our Balinese trip during our stay on the island. As a music educator, this...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

We're happy when our students are happy! Indeed music educators benefit a lot from taking a full-day private workshop with us, because the one-hour explanation and demonstration session gives people the freedom to ask as many questions as they want. We also hope that the...More

Reviewed March 14, 2017

I did a 2 hour private class at Mekar Bhuana and it was a fantastic experience. The team there had an incredible depth of knowledge and talent when it comes to Gamelan music. I got to know so much in a very short time and...More

Thank Jai P
MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

We're really glad that you chose our centre as a place to have your first experience learning Balinese gamelan music. As we craft a private workshop based on the students specific needs, each experience is different - this is why, while we indeed teach many...More

Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

Our time at Mekar Bhuana was a major highlight of our trip to Bali. If you're interested at all in music in general or gamelan in particular, this is a great way to spend all or part of a day in Denpasar. We are (amateur)...More

Thank baryongirl
MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

We're totally thrilled that you both enjoyed studying with us! Thank you for the positive feedback about the value of the experience, as well as the professionalism of our instructor. Indeed, it is a bonus for students knowing that part of the costs of tuition...More

Reviewed December 28, 2016

As with most forms of music, it is hard to appreciate an instrument until you have tried it. Gamelan music does not just involve banging away on pieces of metal or wood - it is certainly not as easy as it looks. I have played...More

Thank Jeremy W
MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

We most appreciate your very comprehensive review, and from the whole team here at Mekar Bhuana would like to say a big "matur suksma" ('thank you' in Balinese) for letting others know about what we have to offer. Impressions such as yours help us grow...More

Reviewed November 1, 2016

Big thanks to Evie and Vaughan for their teaching while I was over in Bali this summer. I knew so little about Balinese dance before I started, but I soon took on so much from their talk and the structured lessons I had over 3...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

Thank you for choosing our centre to expand your knowledge of Balinese art-forms to pass on to others as an educator in your own country. It is so important that children from other countries learn about the beauty and value of indigenous traditions from other...More

Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Squeezed into the last day of our honeymoon, this proved to be the best bit of our stay in Bali. Great food for lunch (shame the restaurants couldn't match it!), fab coffee (!) and a very informative 3 hours with genuine experts who care and...More

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MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2016

It was our pleasure to make your honeymoon an even more memorable one - thanks for taking the time to experience to learn about indigenous Balinese art-forms. Glad that you enjoyed our lunches - we've only recently started offering these to our students, so it's...More

Reviewed August 9, 2016

My wife and I were recently in Bali for our honeymoon and she found Mekar Bhuana. Being a elementary school music teacher, she was keenly interested in learning about Balinese kids songs and culture that she could take back to her students. Vaughn and Evie...More

Thank Jason L
MekarBhuana, Co-founders at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2016

Thanks for choosing to take gamelan, dance and singing workshops as part of your honeymoon experience in Bali. We've been getting more and more couples learning with us because they wish to more deeply understand and appreciate Balinese art-forms during their trip to Indonesia. We're...More

Reviewed July 20, 2016

Having had more experience playing and learning about the Javanese style of Gamelan music from my experiences at school, I decided to come to Bali to take 2 4-hour private Gamelan workshops at Mekar Bhuana - and this is a choice I won't regret! Over...More

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MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2016

Thank you for your extremely detailed and positive review! We're glad you got so much out of your two days of study at our centre. It seems that indeed ethnomusicology is your thing! It was also a credit to you that you and your interest...More

Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed my time here! Putu Evie and family were welcoming. She was patient when teaching me too. Definitely recommended!More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2016

Thanks for taking a one-off lesson and dress-up session with us. You made good progress in such a short time and the dress-up in Balinese dance costume looked wonderful! Look forward to welcoming you again at Mekar Bhuana one day soon. Putu Evie, Co-founder &...More

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Traveller45544554
December 17, 2016|
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Hi Amanda Thanks for contacting Mekar Bhuana. Yes, we do offer suling lessons as well as private workshops (more indepth with explanations and demonstrations by an ethnomusicologist and a demonstrator). Please send us... More
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Pedi1gree
August 29, 2016|
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Hi Sorry we only just saw your inquiry. We don't teach ocarina at Mekar Bhuna, but we do teach many Balinese gamelan instruments from the archaic and court periods in Bali. In fact, you can even experience learning on... More
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Jason L
April 11, 2016|
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Thanks for getting in touch. For our price lists, please contact us via Mekar Bhuana's website. You can find our site by Googling 'Mekar Bhuana'. Regards Putu Evie, Mekar Bhuana
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