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Traditional dances proposed to be world’s heritage

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 16 2011   /  07:19 am

The Indonesian government has proposed to UNESCO nine traditional Balinese dances to be recognized as world’s heritage and be included in the organization’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a senior ranking official disclosed.

“The request and proposal had been submitted last March,” Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economic head of center for cultural research and development, Priyadi, said.

He said the dances represented the rich and diversity of Balinese traditional dances. They also reflected the categorization of the Balinese traditional dances into Wali (sacred dances), Bebali (semi-sacred dances) and Balih-balihan (dances for entertainment’s purposes).

“The dances possess unique characters, compositions and movements. We hope that by proposing the inclusion of these dances into the intangible cultural heritage list, the Indonesian ...