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Festival examines human's actions, inevitable consequences

I Wayan Juniarta

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, October 24, 2019  /  05:49 pm
Festival examines human's actions, inevitable consequences

Gratitude: Retired Balinese teacher Made Taro (center) receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) founder and director Janet DeNeefe. (JP/Anggara Mahendra)

The face of 80-year-old Made Taro beamed from the stage as he gazed upon the hundreds of people in the audience in the courtyard of Ubud Royal Palace in Bali. In a deliberate and soft tone, he addressed the attending dignitaries, government officials and writers, who hailed from 30 countries. “I am an old man doing stuff that many people perceive as of little or no importance. I sometimes think I have been forgotten. This award has reminded and inspired me to keep doing this,” Made said while holding up the Lifetime Achievement Award he had just received from Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) founder and director Janet DeNeefe. Made is a retired teacher, who over the last 46 years has dedicated his life to the preservation and popularization of traditional Balinese children’s stories and games. He has traveled far and wide, in Indonesia and overseas, eng...