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For more than one hundred years, Gong Kebyar has influenced musical components of Buleleng regency. As part to excavate and preserve this art, Utsawa Merdangga is initiated. Since 2015, Utsawa Merdangga held Gong Kebyar competition for ten districts in Buleleng, specifically dedicated for children and young adult participants.

This effort of regeneration is simply to begin the mastery, comprehension, and love for the art of Gong Kebyar. Although the emphasis of Gong Kebyar is many instruments playing in unison, Utsawa Merdangga requires the melodies to be accompanied by performances of at least five different Balinese traditional dances.

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