On Friday, October 31, 2003, the Government recognized four Balinese for their outstanding contributions to the preservation and advancement of Balinese culture.
The award, Satya Lencana Kebudayaan, is the most prestigious presidential award that can be presented in the field of culture. The Awards were presented on behalf of the Government by Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, I Gede Ardika, at a ceremony held at the office of Bali's Governor.
Recognized for their cultural achievements were:
• Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Bagus (deceased). A retired professor from Bali's Udayana University, widely known as the "Father of Balinese Studies" for his tireless work in establishing a Master and Ph.D. program in that field. Prof. Dr. Bagus died in October at the age of 70 years.
• I Gede Manik (deceased). A famous percussionist, dancer and choreographer of Balinese dance from Buleleng in North Bali.
• Drs. Nyoman Gunarsa. A well known Indonesian painter and curator of a private museum in Gianyar.
• Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik. The author of an autobiographical account of growing up as a Prince of a Royal Balinese household.
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