The 28-year-old Indonesian singing star Inul Daratista has promised the organizers of the Fifth Kuta Karnival that she will take to the stage and contribute her talents to the event's closing ceremony scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. on the main stage of the festival on Kuta Beach on Sunday, September 9, 2007.
Adored by her fans. Or, vehemently condemned by critics who, in the most extreme instances, have worked to have her performances banned as pornographic – "Inul" and her vibrant drilling dance style are well known all the way from Sabang to Merauke.
Audiences at her dangdut concerts, with their evocative Middle Eastern and Indians musical themes driven by a strong dance beat, number in the thousands – dancing in euphoria to a peculiarly Indonesian musical genre.
Reminiscent of Elvis Presley whose gyrating hips were cropped out of his first major TV appearance a generation before, so, too, are Inul's hips considered too provocative for her now infrequent national TV appearances.
Inul, who is in Bali to open her new karaoke bar, reportedly eagerly accepted the invitation of the Kuta Karnival organizing committee to appear at the closing ceremony of the event.
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