It’s been a very inspiring and transformational month for me here is Bali, as I have been so fortunate to get a taste of Balinese culture through the magic of sacred music and dance. Since the last blog post where the cutest girl inspired me to try Balinese Dance for the first time, I’ve been looking high and low for Balinese Dance Teachers here in Bali. Strangely enough, they are difficult to come across…until now!
I’m not sure where to start to catch up all my friends and family, so I’ll begin with what has been bringing me the most excitement.
Check out the video below first! I love this music!!! There is so much more depth in this video than one can see with a naked eye, so make sure you continue reading to learn the true spiritual beauty of balance and beat that is “behind the scenes,” and maybe feel a few goose bumps run all over your body as you read, which is what happened to me.
What you just saw in the video above is Gamelan Cudamani, some of the most well known and sought after musicians and dancers in Bali. You can study with them in Bali like I am doing, or you can find them in San Francisco.
This rare video is Cudamani entertaining us while we took a break from dancing one day. The gentleman in the middle is Pak Dewa Putu Berata his son is right behind him, and his daughter is in the back left corner. Both his children are INCREDIBLE musicians and dancers, and he such a one-of-a-kind superstar teacher, leader, director and composer.
His niece is also behind him, nephews, cousins all around…and they are all my teachers!!! His wife is the associate director of Cudamani, Emiko Saraswati. She is a whole other phenomena! A true feminine leader, captivating dancer, musician and singer, and stands as beautiful role model for all women without knowing it, especially for all the young girls in this village. I feel she is the backbone and glue that bridges all this Balinese creativity, culture and interaction together, from east to west, or in this case, west to east.
This beautiful family just makes my heart burst! Anytime in the day, you can walk throughout their open home and find musicians on one stage breaking down sacred beats for over 8 hours a day, the cutest young tiny little girls on another stage with one of the moms helping them perfect a sacred dance, the older girls on another stage with one of the grandmas like Ebu Arini, who is responsible for training almost every dancer on this island. As a true living legend at age of 76, she taught sensual dance at the Bali Spirit Festival 2 years ago, and I just cannot believe I had the blessed chance to be her student, and be touched by her kindness and spirit.
Tell me this isn’t a dream environment!?!?
If you feel like I feel, I totally got your back! We are working on bringing you here next summer for a Tantra Yoga and Sacred Music and Dance Retreat!!
So let’s go ahead and go deeper behind the scenes of the video above, and share a little bit about what makes Balinese music composition, and life for that matter, unique in a way that embodies the true essence of spiritual balance and beauty.