Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya

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To Balinese Hindus, the Barong is the protector of their island. He is also the material form of the god Siwa who regularly transforms himself into a Barong when coming face to face with his consort in her powerful guise as the witch queen Rangda. The tense and delicate balance between the Barong’s positive energies and Rangda’s dark powers forms the quintessential centerpiece upon which the Hindu Balinese world pivots. One of the most popular Barong plays narrates an episode from the Mahabarata epic called the Tale of Kunti Sraya. Although Indian in origin, the play is distinctly Balinese in flavor and incorporates all major forms of Balinese theatrical performance including refined female dances (pelegongan), barong (bebarongan), masking (patopengan), opera (pearjaan), drama (pengambuhan) and complex musical patterns.

The cast of Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya comprise both professional Balinese dancers as well as NUS students. Students enrolled in the class SE2224: Unmasked! An Introduction to Traditional Dance in Southeast Asia, spent a week in Bali in September learning the various roles needed to produce a Barong performance that would meet Balinese nods of approval. They are joined on stage by members of the NUS community including students from SE1101E: Southeast Asia: A Changing Region, and dancers from Eka Suwara Santhi, Singapore’s only Balinese dance group. Musical accompaniment is provided by Gamelan Pinda Sari from the village of Pinda in Bali.

Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya celebrates the close relationship that has developed between the Department of Southeast Asian Studies and the Balinese people. It is a collaborative effort and part of an ongoing series of exciting artistic showcases that bring NUS students out of the classroom and into the dynamic cultural worlds of Southeast Asia.

Tickets @ $10 each are available for purchase from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies general office.

 

Spirits of Metal: An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry

The NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies together with The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, The Bugis Makassar Polo Bessi Club and Rumah Budaya Indonesia in Singapore welcome you to ‘Spirits of Metal: An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry‘.

The exhibition at the NUS Central Library will take place from 27 August to 4 September 2015.

For directions to NUS Central Library, please go to NUS Campus map:http://goo.gl/JkgA81

Spirits of Metal - An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry

Intricacy – Thai Art by NUS Students

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies is proud to present ‘Intricacy‘, a Thai Art exhibition by students of module SE3224 Thai Drawing and Painting.

The exhibition will be held at the NUS Central Library from 9 to 14 September 2015. It is located outside the library restricted area and is open to all.

For directions to NUS Central Library, please go to NUS Campus map: http://goo.gl/JkgA81

Intricacy Thai Art Exhibition 9-14 Sept 2015

Topeng Calonarang – A Story of Magic and Power

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NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies, with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and NUS Office of Student Affairs, is proud to present Topeng Calonarang – A Story of Magic and Power.

Topeng Calonarang tells the story of the exploits of the widow witch of Dirah and King Erlangga of Kediri, East Java. Derived from classical texts composed in the fourteenth century, the story of Calonarang is very well-known in Bali. Performances of Calonarang include a host of actors playing different roles ranging from witches, animals, students of magic, comedians and the lion-like Barong.  The play is traditionally associated with death and resurrection and is often performed as part of temple ceremonies.

Produced and directed for the first time by students in the class SE3230 Seen and Unseen: Explorations in Balinese Theatre, this student led production is a Bali-Singapore (NUS) first. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase the close bilateral ties Singapore has with Indonesia as well as the fascinating beauty of Balinese dance drama, rarely seen in Singapore. The performance will also feature guest dancers from Singapore’s only Balinese dance group, Eka Suwara Santhi.

Southeast Asian Night 2014, Wed 14 March 2014

Mark your calendars!!

Join us for a fun-filled night of Southeast Asia music and dance on Friday 14 March 2014.

Venue: NUS Theatrette (LT13)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Map: http://goo.gl/ecwbsg

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Presented to you by NUS Southeast Asian Studies and Gamelan Asmaradana Ltd., this performance will feature the meditative sounds of Central Javanese gamelan, the dynamic explosions of Gong Kebyar of Bali and the flirtatious ‘twerking’ of West Java.

Admission is FREE and refreshments will be provided. Reserve your seat today via http://seanite2014.eventbrite.sg/

Tickets are to be collected at the door 30 mins before showtime.

Taksu: An Evening of Balinese Dance, Wed 20 November 2013

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies presents “Taksu“, an evening of Balinese dance performed by students of SE2214 Arts of Southeast Asia. Witness the product of the students’ hard work having learnt Balinese dance in Bali as well as during tutorials in NUS. Be sure to join us for this one-night only showcase!

ADMISSION IS FREE! 

Taksu: An Evening of Balinese Dances

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies presents “Taksu“, an evening of Balinese dance performed by students of SE2224: An Introduction to Traditional Dance in Southeast Asia, as well as guest performers. Witness the product of the students’ hard work having learnt Balinese dance in the village of Pengosekan, Bali as well as during tutorials in NUS. Be mesmerized by ancient and contemporary Balinese dances such as Pendet, Sekar Jagat, Topeng, Legong Keraton, and more! Be sure to join us for this one-night only showcase!

ADMISSION IS FREE! 

Wijit: Thai Art by NUS Students

This is the first time a traditional Thai art class (painting/drawing/composition/history) is being taught outside Thailand. For one week during the semester recess in 2011 and 2012, students enrolled in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies class SE3224: Thai Drawing and Painting spent hours copying and experiencing traditional Thai art in Bangkok’s finest temples. As part of their immersion into the little known world of Thai art, all students were tasked to produce an art piece as part of their final assignment for the class. The pieces displayed in this exhibition represent some of these projects. The works range from intricate gold and black lacquered-style creations to complex scenes from Buddhist literature and the Hindu epics.

Official opening by Ms Phasporn Sangasubana, Charge d’Affaires a.i., and Ms Ponpat Thitthongkham, Second Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore at 10am, Tuesday 7th August 2012. All are welcome.