Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar, deserves to be called a cultural tourism village. In addition to having beautiful nature, this village also keeps ‘gold’ as a source of traditional arts remaining to be inherited until now. Moreover, the ancient heritage at Desa and Puseh Temple can be a special attraction. So it’s not mistaken if the
Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar, deserves to be called a cultural tourism village. In addition to having beautiful nature, this village also keeps ‘gold’ as a source of traditional arts remaining to be inherited until now. Moreover, the ancient heritage at Desa and Puseh Temple can be a special attraction. So it’s not mistaken if the artists, foreign researchers and foreign tourists throng this village.
For instance, some students from Melbourne, Australia, some time ago visited this village. They are Balinese culture lovers deliberately coming to Kakul Mas Dance Studio to know and learn more about the Balinese classical dances. “There are 15 tourists with student status that learned to dance in our house (Kakul Mas Dance Studio),” said I Ketut Wirtawan, an artist and trainer who is also the successor of the studio.
The students coming at that time, continued Wirtawan, have major in the theater that wants to deepen the Balinese arts, especially the art of gambuh operetta. The gambuh is a very complex ancient art, having the elements of motion art (dance), vocal and gamelan music. The most important is characterizations, so it is in accordance with their selected major. “The knowledge of Balinese dance is intended to enrich the theatrical studies they have,” he added.
These students studied for ten days and practiced for 2.5 hours a day. They know the Kakul Mas Dance Studio from his father, the late I Ketut Kantor. One of their lecturers had learned mask dance directly from the late I Ketut Kantor. Their lecturer then sent the students to get the fundamentals of Balinese classical dance from the successor of the late I Ketut Kantor.
These students did not only learn to dance but also tried to express themselves by learning to dance, make a mask and know more about Balinese life. In practicing the dance, they are trained directly by Ketut Wirtawan, Wayan Artawa, Nyoman Juniata, Tut Nik and Wayan Darmawan. The class of making a mask is provided by Ketut Wirtawan. “Although the schedule is held by their campus, there are also students attending the program repeatedly on their personal account,” he said.
Kakul Mas Dance Studio which is also the home of I Ketut Wirtawan’s family is natural remaining to refer to the kosala-kosali (Balinese geomancy) rules, commonly used in the making of Balinese house. That’s why many foreign tourists often visit the house as a kind of tourist attraction. They come from various countries escorted by a tour guide. “There are always tourists making a visit here. They like to see the traditional house as well as a painting of Batuan style,” said Wirtawan.
Ketut Wirtawan is often taken advantage of as an object when painting on canvas. Indeed, in the matter of painting, Batuan village remains the same as in the past, preserving the painting of Batuan style. Other than being one of the successors of Gambuh operetta, Wirtawan is still actively scratching on canvas or paper as it has become a habit.