About Bali Ranganiketan
Our spiritual teacher, Dr. T.D. Singh (His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami), a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has successfully introduced the Manipuri (Northeast India) Bhagavata Culture in more than 600 performances at over 300 venues in over 15 countries, with audiences totaling more than one million. He encouraged the local people of Bali to do the same thing with the Balinese traditional arts and culture. The Balinese arts and culture consist of a diverse spectrum rooted in many different philosophies inherited from time immemorial. Among them is a Vaisnava tradition or Bhagavata culture.
Bali Ranganiketan was founded in 2003 in order to introduce the Balinese style of Bhagavata culture to the world. Taking advantage of the unique nature of Balinese arts and culture, which is already famous all over the world, we are intending to introduce more specifically the Bhagavata culture of Bali with special emphasis on educational programs.
The Balinese Ramayana dance is very attractive to audiences due to its artistic musical drama and beautiful costumes. The short episode of Ramayana dance is included in the performance of the famous Kecak Dance. More than a hundred performances of this type of dance by various groups in different venues are common in Bali. They attract many tourists from all over the world. We also perform many other theatrical dramas and Balinese dances accompanied with Balinese traditional musical instruments.
For those who have not been to Bali, we have brought our group to many different countries to perform, i.e; Malaysia, India, Australia, Burma and Poland.
Dr. T.D. Singh on one occasion said: “Cultural art is a very significant part of life. People from various corners of the world will come much closer to each other in friendship and understanding, through the universal language of art and culture.”
We have a great hope that the common roots within the Bhagavata music, song and dance of Balinese Ranganiketan will make the world united in peace, friendship and prosperity.
On behalf of The Balinese Ranganiketan Cultural Arts Troupe,