BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—On Feb. 14 at 3 p.m., the Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University
will host An Odalan Celebration: A Celebration of Music and Dance.
The event honors the Balinese Odalan celebration, a traditional Hindu temple re-dedication
ceremony, which will be re-enacted as an educational experience for the IWU community.
It is part of Evelyn Chapel’s series entitled Religion, Music, and the Humanities, which is supported by the Merwin Multifaith Fund.
Adriana Ponce, Associate Professor of Music, and Elyse Nelson Winger, IWU University
Chaplain, were instrumental in the coordination of this event. “For the past two years,
our programs have engaged Christian sacred music and texts, and in keeping with the
aims of the series, we wanted to explore ways to highlight other religious traditions
and music,” said Nelson Winger.
The event will begin with an introduction about ritual and community by Professor
of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart. Performers include renowned ethnomusicologist and
Gamelan musician I Ketut Asnawa and the Champaign-based Bali Lantari ensemble. Students
from IWU’s School of Music, South Asian Student Association, and IWU Interfaith are
actively involved in the celebration. “This event will be a feast for the eyes and
ears,” Nelson Winger said.
A reception will follow the Odalan Celebration. The event is free and open to the