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Stories within dances

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 7 2012   /  02:05 pm

Through the graceful combination of movement, music and colorful costumes, every Balinese dance tells a fascinating story about humanity and wisdom that is probably rarely heard today.

Charming, colorful and magical are probably not good enough words to describe Balinese dance, an exquisite art that has made the country and Bali renowned throughout the world.

The dances captivate many of us and attract people from all over the world to watch and try to get a deep understanding of the story and philosophy within each dance.  

Kartika D. Suardana lists 21 stories behind Balinese dances in her debut book, Dances of Bali, which features beautiful photos of dances from all over Bali.

The book is actually a compilation of articles about Balinese dance that were published at NOW! Bali magazine, where she served as an editor.

When the magazine was about...