Sometimes, Bali hides treasures in the most improbable places, such as tiny villages rich in history and culture. Such is the case with Kamasan, famous for being the centre where an ancient traditional painting style has its origins, so important that it became the official artistic style for various royal courts. The Kamasan style is inspired by episodes of epic Hindu poems visually depicted by the wayang, the puppets used in shadow theatre. A famous example of this painting style is in the ceiling of 267 panels of the Kerta Gosa, the ancient pavilion of the Royal Palace of Klungkung. The paintings of Kamasan, created as public works in collaboration with various artists are pieces which often remain anonymous. Today, it is still possible to see the work of great living masters. The tradition was passed down from generation to generation and guarded as a treasure and throughout the village one can visit studios, observing the creation of contemporary works while learning trade secrets.
Contemporary photography with an ancient taste with I Gusti Agung Wijaya Utama
The Balinese photographer I Gusti Agung Wijaya Utama S. Sn recreates the atmospheres of the past. His portraits, created with great attention to detail, are not the result of digital technology, but of an ancient process: the Afghan box camera.
From a traditional drink to a true national symbol, arak is so important in Bali that it is used not only on intimate and less official occasions such as moments of joy in the family and in conversations between friends, but also in religious ceremonies.
Dedicated to the cultivation of rice and the protection of the island from spirits, it is a temple with structural characteristics different from other sacred places in Bali. Its position is strategic for its centrality and coolness.