Taksu - Music in the Life of Bali

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Culture, Arts Documentary directed by Jann Pasler and published by Berkeley Media in 1991 - English narration

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Balinese music is like Balinese life. It reflects community harmony, cooperation, and balance. This sensitive documentary is an American musician's unique portrait of Balinese life, art and spirituality.

Focusing on the concept of Taksu, or the spiritual power found in music, instruments, costumes, and dance, the film captures the vibrant rhythm that permeates all Balinese art and culture and suggests how the daily activities of the Balinese echo the tempo and interlocking harmonies of their music.

"Taksu" will enhance numerous classes in cultural anthropology, Asian and Balinese studies, comparative religion, and ethnomusicology. It was produced, written and directed by Jann Pasler, Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego.

"A remarkable film. It's informative about Balinese life and music, yet highly personal and engaging. It should be used in any course that takes the issue of cultural perspective seriously." -- Professor Robert Winter, Deptartment of Music, UCLA

  • Exhibited, Arthur Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (1991)
  • Award, Association for Asian Studies National Meeting (1992);
  • Juror's Merit Award, Louisville International Film Festival (1992)
  • Award, Eighth Annual International Women's Films and Video Festival (1992)
  • Reviewed, Notes of the Music Library Association (1994)

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  • Source: DVD Rip
  • Duration: 24mn
  • Dimensions: 640x480 (4/3)
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps
  • Codec: XviD @ 2028Kbps (BVOP)
  • Audio: MP3 @ 83 Kbps 9VBR)
  • Language: English

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