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COVID-19 Relief

Çudamani faculty, students, and families are experiencing economic hardships due to the COVID pandemic. We are raising funds to provide Çudamani families with essential food supplies. Our fundraising goal is to raise $4,500 USD for COVID-19 Relief.

In March 2020, Indonesia closed its doors to all but Indonesian citizens and in May the government banned all travel of domestic tourists to Bali. With a population of 4.4 million, every year Bali hosts 6 million foreign tourists and 10 million domestic tourists.  Having survived the 2002 Bali bombing, 2003 SARS epidemic and the 2017 eruption of Mount Agung volcano, nothing has had the economic impact of the coronavirus. Fortunately, the number of deaths in Bali as of July 24, 2020 is 44.

COVID RELIEF FUND. Çudamani does not perform for money, nor do the students pay for classes, however, we do pay the core teachers.  A small number of Çudamani members work for the tourist industry and every member is suffering from the COVID-19 economic crisis. Çudamani leadership has developed a program to directly help our families. More dignifying that money, Çudamani assembles sembako (food supplies such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, coffee etc) as a gift to teachers, senior performer, and students. In Bali, food is a key component of any temple offering and food is a demonstration of respect to others at times of celebration as well as need. Carefully planned assembled, and packaged, these sembako are hand delivered to each family.

Educational Fund

All support for instruction and performances, including costumes, transportation, and meals, are provided free to students. Çudamani depends on tours, the Summer Institute, and your donations to cover these expenses. Our goal for the Education Fund is $4,000 USD.

Gamelan Çudamani is dedicated to teaching gamelan and dance to children in the Pengosekan and Ubud areas. Organized as a Sanggar (or school), Çudamani has dance instructions in male and female styles and gamelan classes for boys and girls.  A team of 10 senior artists form the key teaching team. They are paid as much as our budget can allow. We strive to increase their pay each year.

We raise funds from international touring, the Çudamani Summer Institute, the ACE program, and individual donations. The Foundation for World Arts has been a long term supporter of Çudamani.

The accomplishments of the teaching program are evidenced by the intergenerational presence of members at local temple ceremonies, family ceremonies, and arts festivals. At the forefront of promoting girls’ education and training, the Çudamani girls gamelan have been invited to perform twice in three years at the all-important Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar.

Considered the best girls group in the island, these girls also dance!

Gamelan Cudamani is dedicated to teaching gamelan and dance to children in the Pengosekan and Ubud area. Organized as a Sanggar (or school), Cudamani has dance instructions in male and female styles and gamelan classes for boys and girls. The groups are in great demand for local temple ceremonies, family ceremonies, and arts festivals. The Cudamani girls gamelan have been invited to perform twice in three years at the all-important Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar.

Before every performance Cudamani children pray at the temple.

Cudamani founders have a concern for the artistic, recreational, and social life of village youth. There are very few organized activities for the children of Pengosekan and the forces of modernization and electronic media easily find children lost in fantasy worlds that are disconnected from the social fabric of Balinese life.

All instruction and support for performances, including costumes transportation, and meals are provided free by Cudamani.  In any given year they teach about 75 youth ranging in age from 5-20 and have a faculty of ten.  Funds to pay expenses and teachers are raised from the Cudamani Summer Institute, international tours by the senior group, and fundraising from individuals.

Please help us in support of this exceptional effort by making a tax deductible donation to the Foundation for World Arts. 100% of your donation goes to support this teaching program.  Thank you for your consideration.

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