TABANAN, Bali (BPN) – Bali’s Gamelan (traditional music) for puppet show Gender, for years has been identical for elderly. But this opinion is no longer accurate because Gender for puppet show nowadays can also be played by kids and teenagers, both male and female. This can be seen from an art event entitled “Malam Kesetaraan Gender” (Gender Equality Night) held by Sanggar (traditional music and dance studio) Buratwangi, Banjar Ole, Marga Dauh Puri Village, Tabanan Regency on Saturday, September 22.
The event was followed by 20 kids and teenagers and showed their concern in preserving Balinese art and culture.
In addition to displaying the young musicians from the studio, the appreciation night for art was also enlivened by the performance of Sekaa (traditional group) Gender of Sekar Anom from Banjar Dalem Pejaten, Kediri, Tabanan and Vaughan Hatch, a musician and Balinese gamelan lovers from New Zealand.
The present day Gender artists mostly perform typical old-style music from Pejaten Village which is existed for more than 120 years.
I Wayan Sumajaya or Pan Padma, the instructor, admitted that he deliberately packed this event by presenting Gender for puppet show. This event is not just an art performance, but also an event to complement each other.
Pan Padma explained, Vaughan Hatch who began learning Balinese Gamelan since 1996, also shared his knowledge with children. His experience in training children in his Mekar Bhuana Studio can be learned by children in the Buratwangi Studio.
“He is very happy with the seriousness of children who want to learn classical art, such as puppet’s Gender,” he said.
Pan Padma continued, Gender is not only has a high level of difficulty, since it uses two sticks, but also trains intelligence. “What is more important from playing Gender is that it can be a way to strengthen attitude of honesty, discipline and character in every child,” he said.
Pan Padma, who is also a farmer, said that Gender can also improves intelligence, so that the Gender artists are able to master emotions, have a healthy mentality and are good in controlling themselves. Also has the right inner manner, so that they can make the right decisions.
In practicing gamelan, kids can also directly practicing the real character lessons. “There is a reflection of mutual respect for each other,” he concluded.