Odalan Celebration Honors Hindu Tradition

I Ketut Asnawa
I Ketut Asnawa

Feb. 8, 2016

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 public.

By Lydia Hartlaub ’16