By John Coast
"If you recognize the place to appear, you'll be able to become aware of and realize what it used to be that intoxicating John Coast fifty years ago." —Sir David Attenborough
This booklet is likely one of the nice classics approximately Bali, now with dozens of illustrations and photographs.
Dancing out of Bali is an interesting own account of a tender Englishman who settled in a small condominium in Bali in the course of the political turmoil that griped post–war Indonesia. There, he immersed himself in Balinese tradition and made formidable plans to deliver a troupe of Balinese dancers and musicians to Europe and the USA. The booklet relates John Coast's bold and memorable experience that took him from revolution in Indonesia to the footlights of London and Broadway. inside of a number of weeks, the troupe had captured the hearts of audiences. listed below are photos of Bali and tales of the performer's magic island and of the spell binding dancers, together with the attractive 12–year–old Ni Gusti Raka. She turned a celebrity in a single day and extremely joyful audiences in every single place in the course of the troupe's positive journey. it's also a narrative of Balinese tradition and lifestyles in Bali–following the devastating eastern occupation–of tune and dancing in Bali, of the various island's nice appearing dancers and musicians, and of the allure, humor and old values of the Balinese humans.
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Before we begin working together, forgive my ignorance and please tell me exactly what your full name is; also your brother's. " But it was his brother who quickly replied, "Of a truth there are many titles, Tuan. You see, in our Hindu religion there are four castes. First, the caste from which the high priests are chosen-the Brahmana. " "Certainly not. But high priests can only be chosen from the Brahmana caste. Then next comes the Raja caste, the caste of the warriors, the Ksatriya. Their titles are Tjokorda, Anak Agung and Dewa, and to that caste our family belongs.
Automatically Lotring's hand strayed to his sireh pouch. "For weeks I have delayed going to Bangli. I have been called by the Lord Raja. I must see what it is that he desires. Perhaps he wants a Baris dance-perhaps a little music. " His sireh now ready he slipped it into his mouth, watching the Anak Agung out of the comer of his eye. I had the impression that this was all a game-that Lotring had no intention of going to Pliatan. "Arroh! that is ill news," answered our headman. Yet I could hear no surprise and fancied that I could almost detect a note of relief in his voice.
And since we had heard that President Sukarno was coming to Bali soon on one of his semi-annual visits, I thought it might be a good idea to try to persuade him to see the Saba Legong. If the President favoured the village Legong, automatically the position of Raka would be secure. Arrived in Pliatan we drove straight to the fat headman's house, for I had decided by instinct and from what I had read in Colin McPhee's book that he was still my best hope. Entering his puri by the small side gate-for in Bali ceremonial gateways are for decoration, not for everyday use-we found our friend at home with a towel wrapped around his vast middle, a pair of spectacles on the tip of his nose, sitting at a table and laboriously copying out some document for a peasant who sat hopefully on the floor below him.