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I Nyoman Darma Putra: Faithful chronicler of Balinese contemporary culture

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From July 16 to 18, multidisciplinary specialists on Bali, who include anthropologists, historians and sociologists, gathered in Denpasar at an international conference “Bali in Global Asia: Between Modernization and Heritage Formation”.

I Nyoman Darma Putra is an important figure behind this conference. The lecturer at the faculty of letters at Udayana University served as the conference’s co-executive director with Henk Schulte Nordholt of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). Not only a lecturer, Darma Putra is also an active writer, whose writings are published in local and national mass media and scientific journals. He also writes his own books on Bali, especially on contemporary Bali. One of his books is A Literary Mirror: Balinese Reflections on Modernity and Identity in the Twentieth Century published by the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV), a research institute based in Leiden, the Netherlands, an accomplishment rarely achieved by fellow Indonesian researchers and intellectuals.

The PhD alumni of University of Queensland has written a numbers of books, including Tonggak Sastra Bali Modern (2000), Wanita Bali Tempo Doeloe Perspektif Masa Kini (2003, 2007), and Bali dalam Kuasa Politik (2008). Together with other writers, Darma Putra also edited To Change Bali: Essays in Honour of I Gusti Nurah Bagus (2000) with Adrian Vickers and Michele Ford, Seabad Puputan Badung: Perspektif Belanda dan Bali (2006) with Henk Schulte Nordholt and Helen Creese, as well as Tourism, Development and Terrorism in Bali, Voices in Development Management (2007) with Michael Hitchcock.

Darma Putra was once a journalist with the Bali Post daily, Editor magazine, and a fixer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), just to name a few. With his abundant experience as a journalist and a lecturer, Darma Putra continues to write about Bali. To Anton Muhajir, Bali Daily contributor, Darma Putra shared his dream when he was a child and his concerns over the deteriorating quality of journalism and the academic world in Bali nowadays. Here are excerpts.

Question: You are now a lecturer and a journalist, what was your initial dream? (more…)

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