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Address: Jln. Gandapura No. 501x | Kesiman-Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237, Indonesia
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+62 464201
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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These classes and workshops are for those people who are seriously...

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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Welcoming and informative

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 was just what I was looking for. Informational discussion and then 3 hours of playing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 also got to try my hand at playing some of the beautiful, antique instruments. It... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 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) musicians who enjoy trying new instruments, so we worked with Vaughan, the director, to book... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 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 trumpet, saxophone and keyboard as a kid, but now play guitar. The gamelan instruments are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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 days. I was exploring Indonesian Gamelan and Dance as part of a sponsored trip from... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 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 know about what they do. HIGHLY recommended!

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MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this review

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 great to get immediate positive feedback. Hope to welcome you again one day soon at... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 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 put together a great workshop for us that was both fun and interesting for myself... More 

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MekarBhuana, Co-founders at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this review

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 sure that what you learned with us over the three days will add a new... More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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 the 2 days, Vaughan spoke to me about how the Balinese Gamelan has evolved throughout... More 

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MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this review

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 in gamelan that you sampled so many different instruments from different ensembles during your workshops.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

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

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this review

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 & Director More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

My 7 years old had a great time learning how to dance the Balinese dance with Evie. She is wonderful with kids, and amazingly in tune with what they love! During the session, my daughter learnt about the Balinese traditional dance costume, make-up and the intricate dance. Evie also showed the masks and we had a sneak peek of the... More 

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MekarBhuana, Co-founders at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing Mekar Bhuana as a place for your daughter to learn more about Balinese culture. It's always great to hear such a positive response from parents whose children learn with us. We are continuing to add to our program for kids, and hope in the future to incorporate more elements from this beautiful tropical environment to teach future... More 

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