Ganesha University of Education (Undiksha) Singaraja, Bali set a record at the Museum Rekor Indonesia (Indonesian Record Museum) or MURI for the first massive disability Pendet dance ever performed.
Auditorium atmosphere looked crowded filled by female Balinese dancers. At first glance, they did look like ordinary dancers, but they all looked amazing when the dancers’ guides used sign language to communicate with them.
The activity was started with a launching of the Basic Balinese Dance Dictionary for people with hearing impairment. The Rector of Undiksha Singaraja, Dr. Nyoman Jampel, M.Pd. said that the performance of Pendet Dance by disabled people was a part of research activities as well as a social service. This performance would be followed by 125 women with hearing impairment. After this performance was done, it would be signed by the notary then sent to MURI as the organizer of Pendet Dance Performances by the greatest number of people with hearing impairment in Indonesia.
“All the children in Indonesia must be able to contribute their potential to bring the name of the region, and the nation”, continued Dr. Nyoman Jampel, M.Pd. in his speech.
Undiksha with Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three Obligations in University), that is, teaching, conducting research and conducting social services also has significant responsibility in the development of science, technology, art, and sport.
Coordinator Pendet Dance Performance, Made Agus Dharmadi said that previously the dancers with disabilities were trained intensively by a number of experienced instructors. The dancers when performing the movement were guided by one conductor who performed some kinds of movement as a symbol of some dance parts.
“We are working hard enough to get them to understand some of the moves. In addition to Muri, we also do research in terms of disability education, “he explained.