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A tra­di­tional bal­let marks the com­ple­tion of the Garuda Wisnu Ken­cana statue, a mas­ter­piece by mae­stro Ny­oman Nuarta “I al­ways say In­done­sia is not only Bali. We have long wanted to bring tourists to Lake Toba via our hub in Kuala Lumpur,” said Airasia CE

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Cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of Bali’s Garuda Wisnu Ken­cana’s statue with a tra­di­tional bal­let

The long jour­ney of the Garuda Wisnu Ken­cana statue to Bukit Un­gasan in Bali has of­fi­cially fin­ished. Af­ter 28 years, the 121m-high mas­ter­piece was fi­nally com­plete and of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated as the new icon of Bali. High­lighted by a grand per­for­mance of a tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese bal­let en­ti­tled Swad­harma Ning Per­tiwi, the cer­e­mony in­volved a string of dancers like I Ke­tut Rina and singers such as Dira Su­gandi. The chore­og­ra­phy by Eko Supriyanto re-en­acts the meet­ing be­tween Lord Vishnu the Pre­server and the myth­i­cal Garuda bird, sig­ni­fy­ing that the mas­ter­piece is in­deed a splen­did of­fer­ing for the ar­chi­pel­ago. To Min­is­ter of Tourism Arief Yahya, Bali is more com­plete with Garuda Wishnu Ken­cana. “Now, Bali re­lies not only on na­ture- and cul­ture-based tourism, but also tourism based on hu­man cre­ativ­ity. It is a new icon for Bali and the new icon of In­done­sia.”

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