Geography of Bali
Dance and Drama
Bali is divided into eight regencies for administrative
purposes, corresponding to the old Balinese kingdoms.
There are :
A ninth kingdom, Mengwi existed until the end of the 19th
With 5,700 sq. kilometers
and inhabited by approximately 3 million people, Bali boasts the finest beaches
in Asia, even in the world where the warm waters of India Ocean lap the white
sands of Sanur and Kuta located on the eastern and western coasts of the
southern part of the Bali island. The Nusa Dua peninsula on the southern tip is still
growing as a tourist resort.
(land of 10,000
temples), the "pura" is the central place for worship, civic, family and social
gathering. Bali dance, drama and ritual and cremation ceremonies are an integral part
of Balinese Hindu Cultures. A vibrant culture, unique
arts and ceremonies, a friendly people and scenic beauty make Bali an island
almost unreal in today's changing world . Bali's international airport, Ngurah Rai, is the
nation's eastern gateway, served by numerous international airlines and charter
This rich blend of its tradition and culture naturally acted as a magnet to Bali
for the tourists.
The mesmerizing sounds of the gamelan, the countless scared and secular dances,
beautiful textiles, the wayang style of painting are among some of the elements
of Balinese culture the have long captured the hearts of visitors.
An important part of the
Bali Culture, dance and drama are regarded as
expression of devotion to the gods and means of infusing the younger generation
with old values.