Balinese Dance Expected To Get UNESCO Recognition


The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) is expected to propose Balinese dance to receive recognition from UNESCO.

“In proposing to get the international recognition, each country is only allowed to propose one dance,” said Advisor of the Minister of Education and Culture of International Cooperation Unit, I Wayan Rai.S in Denpasar, on Thursday.

In Bali, there are thousands of dances, so it needs a hard work to find one among thousands dances to be proposed in order to gain international recognition.

Former Rector of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Denpasar added that, his side is still working hard in order to propose Balinese dance, considering that Indonesia has a diversity of arts and culture.

“President Yudhoyono gives serious attention to the promotion and development of arts and culture on the island, even in terms of arts and culture, Bali is at the cutting edge,” he said.

Even abroad, the Balinese and Javanese gamelan especially in the United States is growing, since both Indonesian traditional musics become the core subject at universities, institutes and other art institutions.

Besides the U.S., Balinese and Javanese traditional music are also growing in 26 other countries including Japan, said Rai who claimed to have been collecting data on the deployment of Indonesian arts abroad.

Only in the U.S. it is estimated that there are now around 200 sets of gamelan actively used to support the teaching and learning process as well as for performance.

Besides Balinese and Javanese gamelan, other areas of Indonesian music are also studied intensively in the US.

Therefore, UNESCO recognition for Balinese dance and other traditional dances in Indonesia will be able to raise Indonesia image in the international community.

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