Ni Nyoman Tjandri

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Biography


In English

Ni Nyoman Tjandri is one of the few female puppet masters in Indonesia. Born to an artist father, Tjandri was familiar with and fond of all forms of the Balinese performing arts, especially the arja, a Balinese traditional drama that incorporates music and dance. The talented Tjandri gradually developed superb dance and vocal techniques through interaction with her father, I Made Kredek, and fellow artists. After her father's death, Tjandri decided to learn the Kawi language to continue his efforts to master Balinese literature. She went to the well-known dalang I Nyoman Ganjreng. Instead of giving Kawi lessons, Nyoman Ganjreng gave the girl four puppet figures. The puppet master told her she had to master the Kawi language through wayang stories, mostly derived from Ancient Indian and East Javanese epics and legends. In 1979 Tjandri decided to learn the art of the dalang seriously and intensively. All wayang performances present a story, which is told by a dalang. A dalang must master at least 100 stories and be able to enliven each of the characters portrayed with distinctive vocal sounds. Being a dalang, one must have plenty of physical stamina and a thorough knowledge of both the ancient Kawi language and high and low Balinese language, as well as its literature. Tjandri is frequently invited to perform both on local and overseas stages.

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THE BALINESE ARJA DANCE MAESTRO "NI NYOMAN TJANDRI" #BaliGoLiveCulture
Ni Nyoman Tjandri, one of very few female Arja and Dalang (puppet masters) in Indonesia. Tjandri has had to refashion her participation in a 'male' art in order to make it acceptable for her as a woman artist and performer. There's a general discourse about women and the arts in Bali that accounts for the ability of women to participate in this kind of art forms.

The talented Tjandri gradually developed superb dance and vocal techniques through interaction with her father, I Made Kredek, who is also a performing artist.

Through Makara Dwaja Studio, Tjandri providing traditional arts training such as Arja Dance to the younger generation. She dedicating her life to conserve traditional Balinese culture from onslaught of foreign cultural flows that invading Bali.


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