In 1997, brothers Dewa Putu Berata, Dewa Ketut Alit and Dewa Putu Rai called together a group of talented artists from across the island of Bali to share their vision and hope for the future of Balinese arts. A powerhouse group of artists emerged to form Gamelan Çudamani – a vibrant cultural and educational center based in the village of Pengosekan.
Çudamani is dedicated to ayah, or devotional service, performing at the highest artistic level for temple ceremonies and religious festivals. With no concern for monetary compensation, junior and senior artists dedicate their music and dance to the training of children, the performance of classic repertoire, and the creation of new works.
Çudamani performs on the seven-toned semarandana; a hybrid gamelan created in the 1980s. This tuning allows them the freedom to compose in new modes as well as play older court and ritual pieces.
Çudamani is known worldwide for their embrace of the ancient and modern, their spirituality, and their global perspective. For more information, visit www.cudamani.org.