During the high season, Dajuma is offering every week to its guests a special entertainment on stage. They discover on this occasion the enchanting beauty of Balinese traditional dances, where they are graciously invited to dance upon the stage. Amidst the mesmerizing jegog music typical from West Bali, the dancers’ graceful movements tell ancient stories that transcend time. The vibrant costumes and intricate gestures reflect the rich cultural heritage of Bali, captivating hearts from all walks of life. Engaging in this immersive spectacle, guests become part of a timeless tradition that celebrates the harmony between art and life. Puri Dajuma’s dance performances offer a profound and unforgettable cultural exchange for all who partake. Please come and enjoy it!
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Last Saturday, like millions of people around the world, we celebrated the new year, happy to turn the page on COVID. Despite the uncertainties that remain for 2023, the wishes exchanged between the participants were particularly optimistic and even enthusiastic. It must be said that the program for the evening could only make people happy: a gargantuan buffet around the traditional Babi Guling, 2 orchestras playing Jeggog and Anklung music accompanying traditional Balinese dances and an orchestra performing live rockabilly music from 70s 80s (a great moment when a guest took the microphone to perform several songs in a simply magnificent deep voice). At midnight, fireworks were fired from the beach ending the evening in apotheosis.
Selamat Tahun Baru!
Last week, an unusual event took place in Dajuma: the Annual Forum of Development Planning Agencies of the 8 Regencies of Bali + 1 Municipality of Denpasar. Each regency in Bali alternately hosts this annual event. Nearly 100 people exchanged their experiences over two days based on a performance evaluation by the Bali government and central government team. The top three regencies with the best development plans have been announced in this forum. Karangasem in third place, Denpasar in second place and Klungkung in first place. The next forum will take place in Bangli Regency. On the last night of the forum, the Jembrana committee organized the farewell party with Jegog performances and live music.
With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the prospects for a return to normalcy are fading again in Bali. For how long? Nobody knows it, but in Dajuma anyway, we do everything to welcome you in the best possible conditions, in terms of comfort and hygiene.
This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming a group of doctors and nurses who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic.
We would have liked to reconnect with the memorable Dajuma evenings organized around traditional dances accompanied by local orchestras. But distancing requires, it will be for the next time, just waiting for you!
This year, our greetings for the new year take on a special character.
Despite the terrible pandemic shock, Dajuma has managed to stay open thanks to the commitment of its staff and the trust of its customers. We would like to thank you all for your continued support over the past year.
Let’s wish that the coming new year will be less gloomy and the starting point of a new rebirth.
From all of us at Dajuma, we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year 2021 filled with joy, laughter and good health.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Is there a better object for teaching a little bit of music to a 2 years old kid, than this impressive Jegog instrument, so typical of West Bali? This is what happened to Anatole in the Dajuma garden where thrones the beautiful instrument. It exists in different sizes, the one shown on the picture being medium. From the bamboo, It generates deep vibrations which are just hypnotic and makes you feel in communion with nature. Undoubtedly, Anatole loved it! Perhaps will he be able in some years to play in the village orchestra! That’s what we wish for him!
One of the Jembrana’s annual event is the Jegog Festival which was held this year over 3 days, from December 3rd to 5th.
Jegog is a form of gamelan music indigenous to Bali, played on instruments made of bamboo. Born in West Bali in the 1920’s in a small village close to Dajuma, it has started to become popular in other regions of Bali and even abroad in Japan, Germany and the US.
The annual festival aims at preserving, developing and fostering Jegog as a cultural object of prime importance. It is a unique traditional music as a symbol of creativity and the original identity of Jembrana people and culture. This year, the festival agenda was particularly heavy with the participation of 84 Jegog groups from all around Jembrana (including school groups) and 2,520 artists. Hundreds of visitors, including our guests, enjoyed the exhibitions of the forms and types of Jegog and listened their unique sounds. Seminars attended by jegog artists, cultural figures, creators and observers of the Jegog also took place. On the last day, mass Jegog staging (Jegog Mebarung) accompanied by the performance of Joged Dance shown on the picture closed the festival.
Kulkul is a traditional communication tool of the Balinese people. It is a big wooden bell installed at the top of decorated towers erected in the middle of each village in Bali. Inherited from the ancestors one can find it in every traditional organization in Bali. It is used like an alarm for Balinese people and, depending on the number of strikes on the bell, has different meanings such as invitations to regular meetings of the villagers, ceremony preparations or natural disasters. Besides having a role in the lives of Balinese people, Kulkul is also used in smaller size, as a musical instrument in several art performances. This is what is shown on the picture this week. Dajuma is used to organise entertainments combining traditional Balinese music (Jegog) and dances. At the end of the show, our guests are invited to come on stage and play the Kukul instrument with our musicians. They love it!
Part of the large Indonesia and its 279 Million inhabitants, welcoming 4 millions foreigners every year, one’s may fear that the small island of Bali could be losing step by step its brilliant culture and traditions.
This was before the new Bali’s Governor, Wayan KOSTER was elected last June, and made it clear that his administration intends to bring Bali back to its cultural roots, which is now effective through several decrees.
Changes are visible from anyone in Bali after applying these two:
N° 79/2018 Decree regarding customary Balinese Dress use stipulates that people working in Bali should don traditional wear every Thursday.
Same requirement during full moon (Purnama Day), new moon (Tilem Day), anniversary of Bali Province, regency anniversary days, and city anniversaries.
The island’s indigenous langage is traditionally written with an elaborate Brahmic-derived script natively known as Aksara Bali and Hanacaraka. Used in ceremonies and religious texts, the traditional script is deeply tied to Balinese Hindu practices.
“I think Balinese letters, Balinese text is in our identity, a symbol of our civilization” he said.
In accordance with Decree n° 80/2018, Balinese script will be written alongside Latin writing in public facilities, including our hotel as shown on the picture with the new signage on the road.
Many opportunities to enjoy the graceful « Udeng » on men head and women « Kebaya », and remember the Balinese long History through its everywhere writing.
On the picture taken in Dajuma garden, besides our colorful Jegog music instrument, some of our staff proud to wear the traditional Balinese dressing every thursday. From left to right, Dina, Alit, Kadek, Gusalit and Erly.
Very festive atmosphere this December 31st in Dajuma to celebrate the new year! Around a delicious “Babi Guling” (grilled pig) more than 70 guests shared the last hours of the year in a varied musical atmosphere, alternating Jegog, modern songs and traditional dances. On the last strokes of midnight, they exchanged their wishes under the stars while a magnificent fireworks was fired from the beach. All Dajuma staff wishes you a very happy 2019!