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Bamboo flute, 'Sita's Kidnapping' (special edition) - 96th Birthday Edition Balinese Flute Ramayana Theme Curate

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96th Birthday Edition Balinese Flute Ramayana Theme, "Sita's Kidnapping"

Nyoman Lentong seems to have a never-ending well of inspiration as he continues... more

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Nyoman Lentong seems to have a never-ending well of inspiration as he continues to carve bamboo flutes well into his 96 years of age. From his special birthday edition, this suling (flute) is painted by hand with coconut ash depicting the kidnapping of Sita by the evil king Rahwana, while a mystical dragon slithers down the back of the flute. Lentong wiles the hours away carving flutes by hand with a sharp knife. They are fit for Bali's traditional gamelan orchestra.

The legendary Ramayana Hindu epic tells of Rama and Sita living in exile in the forest. One day, when Rama went hunting, Sita followed a golden deer, not knowing it was Rahwana luring her away to kidnap. The Ramayana details the Rama’s quest to save his beloved.

  • 0.20 kgs
  • 0.4 lbs
  • 63.5 cm H x 3.8 cm Diam.
  • 25" H x 1.5" Diam.

  • Bamboo
  • Instrument Rating: Advanced/Professional quality, intended for discerning musicians
  • Marked with artist's initials or trademark
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Indonesia.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Bali and Java
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Lentong is in his late nineties. Much of what he did with ease is now done with difficulty. Rheumatism makes carving difficult. Each of the flutes he now produces are among the last that he will make in his life - the last that he will leave to the world.

Nyoman Lentong is a Keeper of the Arts in the truest sense of the words. He has spent his life creating the traditional bamboo flutes that are a part of Balinese ritual heritage. Lentong taught himself to carve flutes using only a knife but, as he began to refine his art, he applied traditional linear paintings to the surface to merge the arts of painting and music. He continues to teach this art to his son, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren, and in this way he hopes to continue his life's work.

Now in his late 90s, Lentong still relies on the sale of his flutes to survive. The income that he receives from Novica sales provide for most of his daily needs. Just as important, these sales accord him the dignity and self reliance found in the ability to care for oneself.

Although Nyoman is in his nineties, the pain of losing two children in infancy has stayed with him all his life. He treasures his surviving child, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and showers them with care whenever he can.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

Product Reviews By Customers

4 Testimonials for Nyoman Lentong


Thank you. Beautifully wrapped and I love the flute very happy.


Bridgeport Connecticut USA

My flute arrived today. It is beautiful! The sound is beautiful...even the wrapping paper is beautiful! It really is a wonderful work of art. Thank you.

Renee' Lynn Woodward

Warrenton, Virginia USA

The beautiful hand made bamboo flute is without flaw and is light and made with the hands of a true Artist who lives and breathes art and music through his fingers. It is a true honor to own such a remarkable piece of art and music.