Dewa Putu Berata, Founding Director
Born and raised in the village of Pengosekan, son of a great drummer, Berata was immersed in Balinese performing arts from birth. His creative talents, teaching capabilities and leadership qualities make him a noted figure in the Balinese music world. He is renowned for his compositional skills in both traditional and innovative styles and a rare ability to communicate a diverse knowledge of Balinese arts to both Balinese and international artists. He is the founder and director of Çudamani, and has lead Çudamani, on tours to venues including a nine-city tour with Arts Midwest 2012-13, Jazz at Lincoln Center (NY), the World Festival of Sacred Music-(LA), the Cultural Olympiad (Greece), EXPO (Japan) and the Tong Tong Festival (Holland) among others. As a result of Berata’s vision and commitment, Çudamani, has become an important artistic center in Bali, endeavoring to study and preserve rare classic forms of Balinese arts and also provide a space that nurtures the creative energies of young artists in Bali. Frequently he serves a the Music Director for the USA Bay Area based Gamelan Sekar Jaya. He is a graduate of STSI, Denpasar (Bali’s National Academy of the Arts).
Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Associate Director
Susilo was raised in a family rich with the arts. She began her study of Balinese dance with Ibu Ni Made Wiratini and her study of Javanese dance with late Master Rama Sasminta Mardawa, teacher of the Court of Yogyakarta. She is a gamelan/vocal student of Bp. Tri Haryanto and Ki Midiyanto. Susilo is a founding member of Çudamani and has been a core leader since the group’s inception. She works teaches and choreographs for Çudamani’s senior dance students. Overseeing the dance program, she works closely with master dance teachers, and takes a special interest in the groundbreaking girls gamelan program. A vocalist who performs with Cudamani as well as Javanese Gamelan, her collaboration with master guitarist Rob Levitt demonstrates her ability to bridge a wide range of musical styles. Susilo has a deep love of bringing together traditional and contemporary forms and ideas across the disciplines of dance, music, voice and visual arts. She received her BA from UC Berkeley’s Dept. of Anthropology and her MA from the University of Hawaii’s Dept. of Asian Studies.
I Nyoman Cerita, Dance Director
One of Bali’s most influential choreographers and teachers, Cerita hails from the village of Singapadu, renowned for its vibrant dance traditions. He has been Çudamani’s Senior Dance Advisor since the group’s inception and is in demand all over Bali as a choreographer and teacher. His works range from large scale dance dramas to new works for youth and children. He has trained some of Bali’s finest award winning dancers and always remains dedicated to the teaching of Balinese children. He received his BA from ASTI, his S1 from STSI and his MFA from UCLA. He has served as the Head of the Dance Department at ISI Denpasar (Institut Seni Indonesia) and recently completed his PhD at Udayana University.