The Gamelan Semar Pegulingan orchestra at Fivelements New Year’s Eve Events

The Gamelan Semar Pegulingan orchestra will perform during the 5-course New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting Dinner at Fivelements Bali, followed by our special New Year's Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony

The music dedicated to Semara (the name of the Hindu God of love) resonates with his image in Balinese mythology: the ultimate expression of manis (sweet) and halus (refined) qualities. Evolved in the now-faded feudal court system of Bali, the delicate music of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan provided entertainment for the princely rajas and their guests.

In mediaeval Bali (circa 1700-1906) Gamelan Semar Pegulingan was an important part of the Balinese courts. Accompanying court rituals and dances at temple ceremonies, Gamelan Semar Pegulingan also served to lull the royal family to sleep when it played in the late evenings in the inner sanctum of the palace, so that “their dreams would be sweetened and filled with halus images. There are very few of these gamelan left in Bali. This orchestra is used primarily for instrumental pieces, as the dance repertoire is long since forgotten.

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