Articles by Murni

There are many Articles by Murni: she has written numerous articles, mainly on Asian arts and crafts, book reviews and Ubud. She is also a published author.

 

Book Review: Looking for BorneoBook Review Ni Wayan Murni The Jakarta Globe, 13 October 2014 Explore the Sights and Sounds of Kalimantan in ‘Looking for Borneo’ Mark Heyward, David Metcalf and Khan Wilson Creatavision Publishing, 2014 “Looking for Borneo” by Mark Heyward, David Metcalf and Khan Wilson is not just a book; it’s an event, a multimedia extravaganza. Tasmanian … Continue reading Book Review: Looking for Borneo
Food of the GodsIn Bali, Religious festivals begin with elaborate culinary sculptures by Ni Wayan Murni Saveur, 13 March 2012   Like every girl in Bali, I was taught how to make banten, food offerings, at an early age. We make thousands of different offerings; it’s a key practice of Balinese Hinduism, which is influenced by veneration for … Continue reading Food of the Gods
The Palaces of BaliThe Palaces of Bali Introduction to Palaces of Bali by Richard Mann Gateway Books International, 2012 “A Secret Worth Sharing” It is a big surprise to discover that the small island of Bali has so many kingdoms. The plethora of palaces encouraged an intense rivalry between them as they competed to produce the best buildings, … Continue reading The Palaces of Bali
Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and PeacemakerBOOK REVIEW: Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and Peacemaker   Mads Lange The Bali Trader and Peacemaker Produced by Peter Bloch Bali Purnati Center, 2007 Hardback, 176 pages Ni Wayan Murni The Jakarta Post, 6 January 2008 A Danish expat living in Lombok and Bali in the 19th century has been almost completely forgotten, yet … Continue reading Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and Peacemaker
The Art of Chewing Betel  Ni Wayan Murni The Art of Chewing Betel The Times, Lombok November – December 2007 When I went to London I saw South Pacific. I loved Bali Hai but was really surprised when the men sang: Bloody Mary is the girl I love. Bloody Mary is the girl I love. Bloody Mary is the … Continue reading The Art of Chewing Betel
What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets Ni Wayan Murni What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets The Times, Lombok October – November 2007   One of my earliest memories is of watching a shadow puppet performance in our village temple in Ubud at night. I must have been about five years old and was totally mesmerized. That was a long … Continue reading What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets
How to make Batik  Ni Wayan Murni How to make Batik The Times, Lombok September – October 2007   How is batik made? I wrote in last month’s Murni’s Corner about Calligraphy Batik, which is an outstanding example of one of the many styles of beautiful batik made in Indonesia. I have been collecting batik for decades and … Continue reading How to make Batik
Appreciating Calligraphy BatikNi Wayan Murni Appreciating Calligraphy Batik The Times, Lombok August – September 2007 Calligraphy batiks do not get much press. The beautiful books on batik and the exhibitions abroad concentrate on Javanese batik, especially from the north coast of Java and the courts of Yogyakarta and Solo in central Java. The batiks from these areas … Continue reading Appreciating Calligraphy Batik
Revolt in ParadiseBook Review Ni Wayan Murni The Times, Lombok, July – August 2007 Revolt in Paradise K’tut Tantri Reprinted Gramedia, Jakarta, 2006 Revolt in Paradise is a classic and it is good to see it in print again after a long absence. It is rather hard to classify this book: maybe autobiography, perhaps historical novel, possibly … Continue reading Revolt in Paradise
Balians: Traditional Healers of BaliBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, December 2006 Balians: Traditional Healers of Bali Edited by Bradford Keeney, PhD Ringing Rocks Press, 2004   Balians, dukuns, traditional healers, shamans or witch doctors, whichever name you like to use, are a subject that never fails to arouse interest. This new book looks at some of Bali’s … Continue reading Balians: Traditional Healers of Bali
Shop Smart Bali & LombokBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, November 2006 Shop Smart: Bali & Lombok, edited by Jane Marsden, 2006   I often get asked by people writing books if I would be happy for my restaurant and shops to be reviewed. Of course I say I’d be delighted. Shortly after that I’m told that the … Continue reading Shop Smart Bali & Lombok
The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the WorldBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, October 2006 The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World Sean Williams Routledge, 2006   The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World. You will make friends and influence people with this book. You will be able to invite friends to amazing dinner parties at which … Continue reading The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World
Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in BaliPerfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali Book Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, September 2006 Perfect Order Recognizing Order in Complexity J. Stephen Lansing Princeton University Press   Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali. If someone mentions ‘Bali’ one of the first images that will come into your mind will probably be rice terraces. The … Continue reading Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali
Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952CD Review: Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952 Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952 Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, August 2006 Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952. Laura Rosenberg has done it again. First, the book, which … Continue reading Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952
Healing Performances of BaliBook Review: Healing Performances of Bali Book Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, July 2006 Healing Performances of Bali Angela Hobart Berghahn Books, 2005   As far as I know this is the first book of its kind. It is a study of the traditional healers whom we in Bali do not often speak about … Continue reading Healing Performances of Bali
Treasures of Bali  Treasures of Bali, A Guide to Museums in Bali written and edited by Richard Mann Gateway Books International, 2006 Murni’s in Bali Murni was the first person to have a proper gallery of antiques, textiles, costumes, old beads, tribal jewelry, stone carvings, masks and other ethnic pieces in Ubud. She started her shop at … Continue reading Treasures of Bali
Buddhas in BaliBuddhas in Bali Buddhas in Bali Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, February 2005 Visitors to Bali see Buddha images everywhere. They are often moved and inspired by them but wonder what they mean. They all look alike, but are subtly different. Bali is predominantly Hindu but has long had a connection with Buddhism and, following … Continue reading Buddhas in Bali
Another Day Another DanceAnother Day Another Dance Ni Wayan Murni Natural Guide to Bali, 2005 Balinese dances – and indeed the other performing arts in Bali – have a religious background. Dances are offerings to the gods and ancestors – staged to please and entertain the deities at religious ceremonies to which they have been invited by the … Continue reading Another Day Another Dance
Ubud is Just Getting Better and BetterUbud is Just Getting Better and Better Ubud is Just Getting Better and Better A look at Bali’s Artistic centre, past, present and future. Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, January 2005 In the early Thirties, Miguel Covarrubias came to Bali, and said, “Undoubtedly Bali will soon enough be spoiled for those fastidious travellers who abhor … Continue reading Ubud is Just Getting Better and Better