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Balinese Music and Dance: Gamelan Mitra Kusuma

Blessing given by I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda

The blessing traditionally given before a performance is conducted here by guest dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda, artistic and choreographic director for the Indonesian Consulate General of Chicago. Next to him is the kendang (drum) and to his right are the bronze-keyed xylophones called gangsa. These are made in pairs in which one is tuned slightly differently than the other, creating the trademark shimmering sound of a Balinese gamelan ensemble.

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