Welcome to Narwastu
The Narwastu Art Community began in 2005 as a group of Balinese and internationals who were interested in learning about Balinese music. Since then, Narwastu has expanded to include dance and visual art. At present Narwastu has weekly rehearsals for Gong Kebyar, Balinese dance and also contemporary dance improvised music. While professional musicians are members, many of our participants are short-stay (up to 1 year) foreign students learning about Balinese music and dance. While the focus in on Gong Kebyar, there is also an active group creating new music and arrangements that combines non-Balinese instruments with Semara Pagulingan.
We also welcome new projects for collaborative projects. We believe that music and dance brings people together and builds bridges of understanding between different cultures as we create art together.
A Word from Our Members
Narawastu was a home away from home for me. They welcomed me with open arms, providing community, a place to learn, and form friendships. At Narawastu, I learned traditional art forms of Bali from masters of gamelan, and participated in new creative works of music and dance. The generosity and kindness the people at Narawastu showed me has inspired me to continue their tradition in helping and teaching others. My experience there has significantly shaped my path, not only artistically, but spiritually as well. Thank you Narawastu Community for everything you do! - Minoo Sarkarati