Public, artists, officials and partners gathered during a well organised festival to promote art, culture and tourism at Tirtaganga last Sunday, 23rd December 2012. Bottom picture from left: Mr. Ida Wayan Oka Adnyana, head of Listibiya, the culture commission of Karangasem; Mrs. Djaya Wardani; Mrs. Putu G. Gayatri; Mr. Bagus Sudibya, managing director of Puri Bagus Candidasa, event organiser; Mrs. Rosalina Faried; Mr. M. Faried, Director of domestic tourism marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy; Mr. I Wayan Geredeg, Mayor of the municipal of Karangasem; Mrs. Sujani Geredeg; Mr. A.A.G. Putra Agung, my uncle, elder of the Royal family of Karangasem; and Mr. Purna, head of the Tourism Department of Karangasem.


Like an angel emerging from the water, a model walked between the Mahabharata statues in the exclusive Japan Air Lines annual calendar of 2012. Next to Tirtagangga the calendar includes the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona (Spain), Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan), Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii (USA), The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou (China), Pont Alexandre III, Paris (France), Yosemite National Park, California (USA), Tower Bridge, London (UK), Historical Park, Sukhothai (Thailand), Gantry Plaza State Park, New York (USA), Hyams Beach, New South Wales (Australia) and Residenz Palace, Würzburg (Germany).


After months of preparation, 16th October was the most important day of a three weeks Maligia ceremony, held for my father and other Royal family members.

Maligia is the final ceremony that each family in Bali is obliged to perform for a deceased family member. It purifies the soul of the deceased to definitively separate it from all earthly bonds.


The staff of Tirtagangga as it was present in July, 22nd 2012. Standing from left: Ayu Surya (treasurer), A.A. Bagus Brahyangwasa (deputy chairman), I Gede Doglirs, I Wayan Diksas, I Gede Bidengs,  my self (chairman), I Nyoman Tinggalg, I Ketut Yanag (deputy foreman), I Nengah Pasekg, I Ketut Kembarg and A.A. Ardana (foreman). Sitting from left: I Nyoman Mardanat, I Made Bungt I Nengah Tamant, I Nengah Wikg, I Komang Tarmag and I Ketut Paseks. Not in the picture: I Made Tisnag, I Komang Minggut and I Nyoman Iyog. (g= gardener, s= securitymen, t= ticketmen).


Another step forward towards the completion of the masterplan, work nr. Cw305 has been well completed. The steps connected the newly constructed west-bridge to the amphitheatre.


For the previous descriptions and photos in these latest news, please see images of the past.