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(1/10/2009) Five Balinese were honored on January 5, 2009 through the presentation of the Ketut Nadha Nugraha Press Award, named in honor of the founder of the Bali Post. This year's inductees represent the eighth time that Island leaders have been singled out for excellence in their individual professions and service to the community.
This year's winners were:
Drs. Dewa Made Beratha - "Agriculture Must Not be Left Behind"
Bali's former governor, born in 1941, held the Island's top post for two consecutive terms. During his terms of office, Made Beratha was known for his efforts to protect and preserve Bali's traditions and culture, equaled by his attention to preserve the natural environment.
Beratha also pioneered cash assistance to Bali's traditional villages and to the subak irrigation systems. His financial assistance to traditional villages was aimed at ensuring those living in the traditional village context are better able to withstand the pressures of globalization.
In a number of interviews, Beratha consistently championed Bali's traditional villages as the first line of defense to prevent cultural degradation.
Beratha also used his role as governor to encourage traditional villages to provide cultural education.
Also noted by those presenting the award was Beratha's support for the subak irrigation system seen as essential to preserving Bali's agricultural character.
Prof. Dr. IGN Gorda, M.S., M.M. - "Attention to Educating the Balinese"
The late Professor Gorda was a popular figure among the people of Bali, particularly its working class. Throughout his lifetime, the distinguished professor from the Royal family of the Puri Anyar Sukasada in Buleleng was known for his commitment to improving the quality and welfare of Balinese workers. To this end, Gorda dedicated his life to being an educator, commencing his teaching career in 1963. At that time, the man who was to later become the founder of the Universitas Pendidikan Nasional (Undiknas) and the STIE Satya Dharma Singaradja, began his careers as a student at the Singaraja branch of the Malang Teachers' Institute (IKIP). Not content to confine his activities to those of a simple teacher, Gorda founded a number of educational institutes during his life time.
Gorda, who also worked part time as a reporter, was a frequent commentator in the Bali Post, contributing his ideas on development from a Balinese Hindu perspective.
Professor I.B. Adnyana Manuaba - "Attending to Bali's Environment"
Acknowledged across Bali as a clear minded and creative academic, Manuaba once caused a sensation when he convened a development conference of Balinese college graduates. That conference brought together 400 Balinese bachelor and post graduate degree students at a Denpasar hotel in August of 1964 to discuss development plans for their home island
Gifted at communicating ideas and concepts both verbally and in writing, Manuaba has written numerous books and articles. He is also a regular columnist in the Bali Post. His creative and visionary writings cover a wide range of subjects including hygiene, occupational safety, health, and ergonomic design.
One of three founding members of the Association for Health in Indonesian Sports (PPKORI) in 1970, Manuaba also served as the Head of the Provincial Agency for Industrial Hygiene, Health and Workplace Safety from 1972-1982.
Bright and insightful, Professor Manuaba has played a fundamental role in increasing public awareness towards the environment and remains a thoughtful critic of government policies he views as threatening the natural balance of the Island's ecology.
I Gede Geruh - "Preservator of Gambuh"
If one speaks of Gambuh - one of Bali's oldest classical dance theater forms, the name of its greatest supporter - the late I Gede Geruh, must also be voiced.
Born in Denpasar in 1915 and the father of 6 children, Geruh was acknowledged from an early age to be a naturally talented Gambuh performer. This led to his employment as a special instructor at the Indonesian Academy of Dance (ASTI), the precursor of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI). During his long tenure as a professor of Gambuh, Geruh earned a well-deserved reputation as the savior of this unique dance-drama style and the force behind the creation of the innovative Gambuh Anyar tradition.
Tireless in his dedication to Gambuh, Geruh traveled across Bali to share his art by teaching at the many villages eager to learn from the Master. Like all great teachers, Geruh was generous of spirit, sharing his teachings with all who expressed an interest in Gambuh, including many foreign students.
Colleagues and fellow dance teachers are unanimous in crediting the late I Gede Geruh with the strong appeal and many followers of Gambuh to be found in Bali today.
Made Sugandhi - "The Manufacturer of 'Pis Bolong'"
The owner of CV Tripple Star Bali (TSB), Made Sugandhi of Klungkung, together with his family, began recycling metal to create the tradition "Pis Bolong" or Chinese Keping coins for use in creating interior accessories for homes and hotels. In the past, the original coins were the preferred currency of Bali for seveal centuries, delivered to Bali by ships who used the Chinese coins as ballast.
Beginning as a home industry, Sugandhi now employs 54 people and exports his keping-nased products to Dubai, Thailand, France and Morocco.