"Designing antique bamboo flutes with painting in traditional styles lets me merge the arts of painting and music."
"My name is Nyoman Lentong, born in a cool green village of Bali in 1920. I started in the art world creating traditional paintings on canvas or paper. Being interested in traditional music, I have focused on crafting bamboo flutes with traditional paintings since 1971.
"Designing antique bamboo flutes painted in traditional styles lets me merge the arts of painting and music.
"The bamboo flute has special characteristics that have been commonly used by Balinese musicians to express artistic feelings through melodious flute music. Its sound is soft but sharp, that touches our ear and heart. In olden times, most Balinese men played flutes as a way of attracting women. The Balinese named this flute suling, or seruling.
"The natural sounds of wind blowing through leaves and trees on the slopes of mountains inspires me to craft my bamboo flutes. Different sizes of flutes produce different sounds that fit the gamelan ensemble being played as a part of the harmony.
"The crafting process starts with selecting small bamboo - we call it buluh. I clean and cut the dried bamboo according to the length I want, carve the holes, and adjust the tune harmony. The last process is painting, using black color made of burnt coconut ash. I need about two weeks to complete one flute."
Lentong signs his work as "Pan Nasib, Sangeh," as he is known in his village. Pan means father of and Nasib is the name of his son. Sangeh is the name of the village where he lives.