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I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda
I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda graduated from the National High School for the Performing Arts (KOKAR) in Denpasar, Bali in 1973. Following graduation he toured with the famous Pak Sampan Dance Troupe throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the United States. During his years with the dance troupe, he had several noted performances for several dignitaries in Europe and the United States and royal families in the Middle East. In 1989 he became employed as a staff member for the Cultural Information and Tourism department for the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago, where he promoted the Indonesian cultural arts and taught free dance and music classes to the community. After more than 25 years with the Indonesian Consulate General, he has retired but continues to teach free traditional and modern dance and music classes to the community. He was a guest instructor for the music class in Northern Illinois University, and held educational workshops for other universities such as University of Illinois Chicago and Northwestern University. After the accumulation of his years in dedicating to the promotion of the Indonesian Cultural Arts, I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda was awarded the 2014 Artist Fellowship Award for Ethnic and Folk Art from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.