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Culture Immersion

31 Foreign Students Studying Gamelan and Dance at Bali Institute of Fine Arts (ISI)

(8/9/2013) The Denpasar Campus of the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts (ISI) has enrolled 31 foreign students in 2013, a decrease from the 58 students enrolled at ISI in 2012.

 
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the chief of the Student Academic Administration and Cooperation Bureau at ISI, I Gusti Bagus Priatama, in discussing the foreign scholars said, “They come from 18 countries around the world to study Balinese culture, primarily tabuh (percussion) and dance.”
 
He explained that the foreign scholars come from a number of countries, including Japan, the United States, Poland, England, Lithuania, Slovakia, Argentina, Russia and Turkey.
 
The foreign student studying at ISI in a non-degree program spend one to three semesters assisted by Darmawisata Scholarships provided by the Indonesian government. Fields of study pursued by the visiting scholars include traditional dance, gamelan orchestra, handicrafts and photography.
 
The Rector of ISI-Denpasar, Dr. I Gede Arya Sugiartha, explained that similar to higher schools of fine art in other locations in Indonesia, ISI-Denpasar has been accepting foreign students since 1998. To date 535 foreign student have studied at Bali Institute of the Fine and Performing Arts.
 
The majority of foreign student come to Bali to specialize in the performing arts, both as percussionists and dancers.