Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik (8 September 1947 – 24 February 2021) was a Dutch-born Indonesian traditional Balinese dancer, ENT specialist, and a lecturer at the faculty of medicine at Padjadjaran University.

Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik
Bulantrisna Djelantik portraying Calon Arang in a Balinese dance drama based on Toeti Heraty's version of the story
Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik

(1947-09-08)8 September 1947
Deventer, Netherlands
Died24 February 2021(2021-02-24) (aged 73)
Jakarta, Indonesia

Early life and education


Bulantrisna was born as the first child of five siblings, from the Balinese-Dutch couple Dr. A.A. Made Djelantik and Astri Henriette Zwart.[1] Her father was the son of I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, the raja of the Karangasem Regency.[2] Her mother was the daughter of the famous Dutch designer Piet Zwart, a proponent of the De Stijl movement.[3] Bulantrisna's father was studying in the Netherlands during the Indonesian independence upheaval, where he met his future wife. As a WHO malariologist and head of the Bali Health Department, Dr. Djelantik worked in many places across Indonesia and abroad.[4]

Bulantrisna spent her childhood in Bali, where her father summoned traditional dance experts who taught her and her siblings classical Balinese dances.[2][5] She then continued her medical studies in Bandung, Indonesia, and she had a career as a doctor and lived abroad for some years including in the United States.[2]



She came back to Indonesia after four years abroad and lived in Bandung.[6] She taught at the Faculty of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, and worked as an otolaryngologist. Bulantrisna was also the chair of the Southeast Asia Society for Sound Hearing.[2]

Bulantrisna founded a dance studio called Bengkel Tari Ayu Bulan (Ayu Bulan's Dance Workshop), which is still active in conducting workshops and performing in Indonesia as well as in many other countries.[6] She performed mainly classical legong dances with her dance troupe, based in Jakarta.[5][7] She also collaborated in choreography with others, such as with Retno Maruti, the master of classical Javanese dances.[7]

Aside from dances, Bulantrisna also supported Indonesian film and film making with Balitaksu Foundation, and publishing art and children literature with Saritaksu Publications.[2]

Personal life


Bulantrisna died on 24 February 2021, of pancreatic cancer.[8]

See also



  1. ^ Buyers, Christopher (2002). "Genealogy of the Noble House of Karangasem". Puri Agung Karangasem website. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Djwan, J.B. (2 February 2010). "Bulantrisna Djelantik: A very nice pair of genes". The Jakarta Post, archived at purikarangasem.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ Tobing, Sorta. "Gairah abadi Bulantrisna Djelantik". Lokadata.ID (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  4. ^ Vickers, Adrian (16 September 2007). "Farewell Dr Djelantik". Adrian Vickers' Indonesia Blog, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney, Australia. Archived from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b Bali Now! / Life in the Island (9 June 2016). "Water Palaces in the Age of Rajas". Copyright 2015. Phoenix Communication.
  6. ^ a b Harsianti, Juliana (29 January 2016). "NuArt Lab: Making Bandung an art collaboration center". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b Heraty, Toeti (2012). Calon Arang: Kisah Perempuan Korban Patriarki. Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia. p. xxvi. ISBN 9789794618332.
  8. ^ "Profil Dokter Anak Agung Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik, Meninggal Dunia karena Kanker Pankreas". Tribun Bali (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-02-24.