Lelambatan in Banjar Wani, Karambitan, Bali
Muehrer, Rachel Rosalie
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The ceremonial music genre lelambatan originated from the gamelan gong gede orchestras in the courts of Bali. The once luxurious gamelan gong gede, funded by the rajas, has long departed since Dutch colonization, democratization, and Indonesian independence. Today the music is still played for ritual occasions, but in a new context. Gamelan gong kebyar instruments, melted down and rebuilt from those of the gong gede and handed down to the villages from the courts, are utilized in lelambatan because of their versatility and popularity of the new kebyar musical style. The result is remarkable: music from the court system that represents the lavishness of the rajas is played with reverence by the common class on gamelans literally recast to accommodate an egalitarian environment. A case study in Karambitan, Bali, examines the lelambatan music that has survived despite, or perhaps with the assistance of, history and cultural policy.