Dr. I Made Bandem
Dr, Bandem is a Balinese dancer, artist, author, and educator currently visiting professor in Balinese music, dance and theater at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. His first two names are pronounced ee-mah-day.
Dr. Bandem presenting Balinese dance
A close up of Dr. Bandem presenting a Balinese dance
From a very early age, Bandem studied Balinese Dance , and was performing Baris (the younger warrior) and other dances by the age of ten.
* One of the first Balinese dancers to study in the United States, Bandem earned his masters’ degree in dance from UCLA, and his PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Bandem’s academic career includes sixteen years as the director of the Indonesian College of the Arts in Denpasar, and was also the Rector (President) of Indonesia’s oldest cultural institution, the ISI [Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of The Arts) of Jogjakarta].
* He is well respected throughout Bali and many other countries as an integral component to the recognition, respect, and continuation of Balinese culture. As an artist and as a visiting scholar, Bandem has taught and performed Balinese dance throughout the world.
* Bandem is the first Indonesian to achieve the Ph.D title in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (1980). As a scholar in the field of world music, Bandem fathoms and advances a school of thought popularly termed as the “bi-musicality.” Bandem refers to bi-musicality as a conception that music is a universal language and every ethnomusicologist must comprehend more than one genre of world music. During his studies in the USA, Bandem learned sounds and rhythms from around the world including music genre of Japan, Thailand, Korea, and China. Such experience contributed to Bandem’s in-depth research of various Nusantara (Indonesian) music including Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java, and Bali.
* Bandem has published plenty of books and scientific articles pertaining arts and culture, both nationally and internationally. One of his writings that is highly regarded as a classic by artists of music, dance, and theatre is the book Kaja and Kelod: Balinese Dance in Transition (1981; reprinted 1995) and distributed by Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur. This book has induced worldwide appreciation upon the arts and culture of Bali. Other theoretical publications about music, dance, and theatre of Indonesia include Prakempa: A Cosmology in Balinese Music, Wayang Wong in Contemporary Bali, Traditional Theatre of Indonesia, and the Encyclopedia of Balinese Dance – all these books are text books and reference for those studying Indonesian arts. Many of his articles are closely related to historical and aesthetic studies of Indonesian fine arts.
* Through the founding and development of an association devoted to musicology of Indonesia, Bandem has been a catalyst to popularize ethnomusicology as a major discipline in art universities in Indonesia. In 1986, Bandem initiated The First International Gamelan Festival in conjunction with the 1986 Vancouver Expo. During the festival, more than 250 delegates participated in and represented gamelan (traditional Indonesian music orchestra) and ethnic music groups from all over the world.
* Bandem has been instrumental in development of the field of Indonesian arts and culture through his teaching in many universities including the University of Hawaii; University of California, Los Angeles; Wesleyan University; University of Maryland at Baltimore County; and Brown University. In 2006, Bandem was awarded the Fumio Koizumi Prize for his dedication and long life achievement in the field of ethnomusicology.