Category Archives: Vocal Music

Tell me about Balinese traditional singing – Part IV

The final and most serious category of Balinese singing is called kekawin. Also known as Sekar Agung (big flower) or wirama, these are long songs used to accompany many Hindu rituals such as weddings, tooth filings and death rites. Kekawin … Continue reading

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Tell me about Balinese traditional singing – Part III

The third category of traditional Balinese singing is more serious ritual singing called kidung, also known as Sekar Madya (Javanese), and do not follow syllabic rules like pupuh that I talked about in the last article. Also, unlike pupuh, there … Continue reading

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Tell me about Balinese traditional singing – Part II

The second category of traditional Balinese singing are ritual verses called Pupuh or Gaguritan, known also by their Javanese names: Macapat or Sekar Alit. Often expressing a moral message, the verses follow rules about how the syllables are sung and … Continue reading

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Tell me about Balinese traditional singing – Part I

You may have noticed that Balinese love to sing to express their emotions – both when they are happy and sad. Recently, a Canadian student at our centre wanted to learn some basic Balinese singing from my wife, so I … Continue reading

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