Panji stories developing in Bali, in this archipelago and various hemispheres are recognized to come from Indonesia. Such recognition was presented in the Seminar and Performances of a Shared Heritage: The Panji Traditions in Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. The event held by SEAMEO SPAFA was attended by nine participants from various countries in Southeast Asia. Prof. Dr. I Wayan Rai S, Rector of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar said that seven papers were presented in the event. He himself represented Indonesia and also served as the Broad Governing Member (GBM) of the SEAMEO SPAFA. His paper entitled ‘Background and development of the music and dances related to the Panji stories in Bali.’ In the description, the man from Ubud explained about the history on the emergence of Panji stories that could evolve and survive until these days. Among them, they came in the forms of Panji Semirang Dance, Gong Kebyar, Gambuh and others. “Panji stories are from East Java, Indonesia, and then spread to Bali and various countries in the world,” he said.
Appearance of the ISI Denpasar in such prestigious event, explained Prof. Rai, was also to promote Bali in particular and Indonesia in general. Such an activity was very important because the legacy of literature, art and culture of Indonesia had become known to the world. “Through this international forum, the ISI Denpasar increasingly opens its networks because after the event has completed some colleges wanted to establish cooperation with the ISI Denpasar,” he said. On that occasion, the ISI Denpasar presented Gambuh Dance in the episode featuring King Lasem. The dance-drama was supported by 20 dancers and musicians consisting of the faculty and students from various majors and graduate students. (BTN/015)