2017 Çudamani Summer Institute – Study Music and Dance in Bali!

Cudamani_Sign_1Cudamani Summer Institute (CSI)

July 15-30, 2017

Ten Year Anniversary Program!


Providing instruction to the children and youth of Pengosekan has been the primary goal of Sanggar Cudamani for twenty years.  While rooted in the conviction that gamelan and dance are a powerful means of developing spiritual discipline, Directors Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo also understand the critical social role the arts can play particularly for youth in a rapidly modernizing world.  In the past ten years Çudamani Summer Institute has extended their educational reach by bringing hundreds of international students to their village Sanggar.

Over the years Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo have refined their approach to teaching a diverse student body.  Their pedagogy is unique in Bali and supports the beginning student as well as the seasoned master artists.  Key to the success of the program is the team of Cudamani teaching assistants.   Their participation keeps the artistic level of every class at a very high level by providing individual instruction, encouragement, and models of excellence. Past participants have included: University music and dance professors as well as students; professional artists eager to extend their creative and performative reach;, educators who want to expand their classroom teaching, and young people who have fallen under the spell of Balinese performing arts.

Activities includes separate gamelan and dance courses, lecture demonstrations by members of Cudamani, invited lectures by guest speakers, attending one Bali Arts Festival performance, attending at least one local temple festival, and opportunity to perform for the village community.  With ten years of experience Dewa and Emiko have created a balanced, dynamic and inspiring educational experience that has students returning year after year.

Ken Susilo (Civil Engineer) studies drum

 International and Indonesian students will benefit from the educational approach refined by Cudamani teachers over the years.  Separate sessions with Level I and Level II material allow students of all levels to get the individual attention you need to develop artistically. Class placement will be decided by teachers once you are in Bali. Don’t worry! We’ll find the right level for you.

Women of the village support all Cudamani activities

Adding to the impact of this course of study is the chance to live and work in their home village of  Pengosekan, Ubud.  For nineteen years, Çudamani has enhanced village life in Pengosekan by teaching hundreds of Balinese children, youth, and adults.   CSI is the one time you have an opportunity to be incorporated into Çudamani’s teaching program. Pengosekan residents young and old always enjoy having you in their village. The program features guest lectures and demonstrations by internationally renowned scholars and artists.






Rikio Inouye UC Berkeley student plays with Dewa Ayu and Kadek Pasta

GAMELAN PROGRAM– Daily sessions in Cudamani’s open air studio teach you the techniques of Balinese gamelan, expand your repertoire and improve your musicality. Under the Direction of Dewa Putu Berata, ten senior Cudamani players join studio sessions, ensuring individual attention as well as the robust sound Cudamani is famous for. The opportunity to play a wide range of pieces under astute leadership of Dewa Putu Berata will advance the musicianship and musical understanding of gamelan players from around the world.  The gamelan program works primarily on the gorgeous Semarandana ensemble, however, includes there are opportunities to play Gender Wayang if requested. Musicians have time to work together as an ensemble to develop the Balinese sense of musicality. In addition, small-group sessions allow advanced musicians to refine skills, try new instruments, and learn repertoire, while beginning musicians have time to learn the fundamentals of gamelan in an environment that is challenging yet supportive and incredibly fun.

Master Teacher Nyoman Cerita has taught at Cudamani for 20 years

DANCE PROGRAM- If you have always wanted to try Balinese dance, but have told yourself, “I’m not a dancer” then send us an email. We have a great program for beginners, and welcome you. You can do it! If you have some experience with Balinese dance, but need to deepen your understanding and repertoire, then this is an incredible learning environment for you. You will be working with the masters of the tradition, honing your dance skills, expanding your repertoire. Delve deeply into the  powerful practice of Balinese dance. Under the supervision of Emiko Saraswati Susilo, participants work with some of Bali’s most reknown teachers- Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita. Dancers learn both male as well as female technique. Dancers of all levels will learn a lot from dancing alongside some of Bali’s most talented young performers. No matter where you are in your study of Balinese dance, the program will challenge and inspire you!

View the Cudamani Summer Institute in action!


Dewa Putu Berata- Gamelan Cudamani Director

Selection Criteria

We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Beginners as well as experienced gamelan musicians and dancers are encouraged to apply.




Emiko Saraswati Susilo- CSI Direct

Tuition Fees & Important Dates

July 15 Check in Artini III  and welcome reception(Saturday)
July 16  Instruction begins (Sunday)
July 29  Farewell Party and Concert (Saturday)
July 30  Check out Artini III and Final Circle (Sunday)

Application and Registration Fee Due: May 15, 2017 

Tuition Due: June 1, 2017

Tuition: Private room: $2,450; Double occupancy: $2000; Organized groups of ten or more (with shared accommodations)  $1,600; Youth (11-17yrs with paying family member) $1,600. Cancellation after the July 1st date will forfeit 50% of deposit.

Included in this tuition:

  • Daily instruction in Gamelan or Dance
  • Shared accommodations at the Artini 3 hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on days in session
  • Admission to all events
  • Local transportation
  • Airport pick up and return (July 14th – July 31st only)
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner and performance
  • 50% discount on tickets to Çudamani Festival (August 2017)


Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in Ubud. Accommodations are double occupancy. A single room supplement may be requested with an additional fee.  Arrangements will be made by the Summer Institute.


Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance.

All proceeds benefit Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs.

Help us by sending funds directly by check payable to: Foundation for World Arts
Mail to: 12200 Lawler Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90066.  Credit cards are also accepted.

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