Governor of Bali Wayan Koster Asks ISI Denpasar to Revive The Wealth and Glory of Balinese Culture



Governor of Bali Wayan Koster was accompanied by Mrs. Putri Suastini Koster and Vice Governor who is also Professor of ISI Denpasar Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) attended the Open Session of the Senate of the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar in the framework of XVII Anniversary and the Inauguration of Professor Prof. Dr. I Wayan Adnyana, S.Sn.M.Sn and Prof. Dr. Drs. I Gede Mugi Raharja, M.Sn. at the Natya Mandala Building, ISI Denpasar Campus, Tuesday (July 28, 2020) 


In his remarks  Governor Wayan Koster said that achieving the vision of Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali in the field of culture was progressing with the enactment of Regional Regulation No. 4 of 2020 concerning Strengthening and Promoting Culture. "Things related to Balinese culture are all contained in this regional regulation, so we now have sufficient rules to strengthen and advance Balinese culture which is at the heart of Balinese life," he said.


The governor added that Bali has a wealth of traditions that have been grown and used by ancestors. So far, the wealth of this tradition is still not seriously raised, maintained, maintained and promoted so that it is gradually getting backward, faded and may have been abandoned by the majority of people in the customary village. "Therefore, we must explore it again, be built so that it becomes a potential that enlightens people's lives in the province of Bali and also encourages the economy of the Balinese people," Koster said. 


The Governor said that in the context of the implementation of this Regional Regulation and the previous Governor Regulation relating to culture, ISI Denpasar has sufficient space to actualize the existing potential.


According to him, ISI Denpasar has qualified resources, namely lecturers, students and nine 9 professors. "I think this is an extraordinary resource for developing art in Bali, including traditional arts. I will leave with a particular scheme of traditional arts rooted in traditional villages that grow in traditional villages that are cultivated by indigenous villages and  now left extinct and then they no longer appear as artistic wealth, begging ISI Denpasar to move down through community service activities the community, real work lectures as well as other social activities, go down to enter the area to be in direct contact with the wealth of art at the grassroots, "he said.


According to the Governor, its should be developed by ISI Denpasar in the Tri Dharma activities which are the main tasks as universities. "Thus, I think that arts and culture based on tradition-based and modern-based Bali will continue to progress in the midst of national and global local dynamics, which is our wealth," he said.


Rector of ISI Denpasar, Prof. Dr. I Gede Arya Sugiartha, S.Skar., M.Hum said in the field of community service in 2020 ISI Denpasar students held KKN in their respective traditional villages as support for the Bali Governor's program.


It's just that with the pandemic situation the ngayah program to villages and temples in Bali reluctantly had to be stopped temporarily. "Nevertheless, we feel grateful that Mr. Governor and the Provincial Government of Bali have initiated and financed the creation of virtual art that has been aired on social media. We can be sure of the 202 art studios assisted by the Governor to get assistance with creating virtual art, 80 percent of ISI students and alumni Denpasar, "he said.


On this occasion Bali Governor Wayan Koster and Tjokorda Deputy Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati congratulated the two professors who were inaugurated, Prof. Dr. Drs. I Gede Mugi Raharja, M.Sn. and Prof. Dr. I Wayan (Kun) Adnyana, S.Sn.M.Sn who is also the Head of the Bali Provincial Culture Office. (Gix)