In 1992 two of Agung Mandera’s sons, Anak Agung Gede Bagus Mahendra Erawan and Anak Agung Gede Oka Dalem, were involved in the formation of this group. Oka Dalem has decided to establish a children’s gamelan and dance group because he believed that children should be introduced to music and dance from a very young age. Part of the effort is also to preserve and develop the music and dance of Peliatan, especially music designed for the Gong Kebyarorchestra.
As a result, a gamelan and dance group for elementary school children was formed (Sekaa Anak-anak SD), and they began their activities by learning to play the Gong Kebyar gamelan orchestra and performing Barong-barongan (Barong-barongan is a type of dance in which the dancer wears an animal mask and performs animal movements, accompanied by loud percussion music known as baleganjur) for Galungan, Kuningan, and other religious festivals.
After undergoing intensive practice and training in gamelan and dance for a period of time, this group began to be invited to perform for social functions and religious ceremonies. Today, most of Genta Bhuana Sari’s musicians and dancers are no longer of elementary school age, and the members consist of teenagers and young people from Peliatan village, many of whom were original founding members of the group.
During the past 13 years, Genta Bhuana Sari has performed for a variety of occasions, including religious, commercial and social events. Some of these include:
|1992||Founding of Genta Bhuana Sari|
|1995||Performed for the Flower Festival (Hanahaku) in Osaka, Japan|
Represented Bali Province in the International Gamelan Festival at Prambanan, Yogyakarta (27th-31st December)
|1996||Participated in the 18th Balinese Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali XVIII – PKB)|
Represented Gianyar in a Cultural Appreciation event (7th October)
|1999||Represented Gianyar in 21st Balinese Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali XXI), for which they received the Adikarya Nugraha award|
Represented Bali in the Parade of the Regional Dances (Parade Tari Daerah) held annually at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta. For their performance in this event, they were declared the grand champions, and awarded the rotating trophy (the Presidents wife’s cup) as well as a trophy from Minister of Tourism and Culture.
|2001||Participated in the 23rd Balinese Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali XXIII)|
|2002||Provided musical accompaniment (gamelan) for a graduate student performing a new dance choreography to fulfill final examination requirements at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI = ISI Denpasar), i.e. the Indonesian University of Fine Arts.|
|2003||Participated in the 25th Balinese Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali XXV)|
|2004||Performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th Nusa Dua Festival (Festival Nusa Dua XIII) in Nusa Dua, Bali|
Today Genta Bhuana Sari is still active, and continues to perfrom regularly for a variety of social, commercial, and religious occasions.
At present Genta Bhuana Sari has 69 members aged between 10 and 25 years (2004), consisting of:
- 38 musicians
- 31 dancers
Day: every Tuesday
Place: Balerung Mandera Srinertya Waditra Stage
The weekly routine performance includes some of the following:
- Instrumental (Sekar Jepun)
- Instrumental (Gambang Suling)
- Instrumental (Ujan Mas)
- Puspa Sari (Welcome dance)
- Baris Tunggal
- Legong Lasem
- Jauk Manis
- Topeng Nikko
- Topeng Tua