Lempad of Bali

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Lempad of Bali

  • 1980 ----- color ----- 55 min ----- vhs
  • In a village situated in the fertile central hills of Bali, the island's greatest artist died at the age of 116. Lempad's longevity was cause enough for wonder, but the magnificent body of art and architecture that he left behind is a greater tribute to an unusual man. A wide selection of Lempad's work is shown including the drawings, paintings, sculpture and architecture which have enriched the cultural life of Bali. As a counterpoint to the art, the story of the island itself is given, including the occupation by the Dutch and the Japanese and, more recently, by international tourists. Throughout the work we also follow the elaborate preparations for his cremation and the consequent release by fire of his spirit into the next world.
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Art: Tribal, Austronesia, Biography, History: Asian, Religions: Eastern)