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I Nyoman Putra Ardhana (MANTRA) Mantra, as he calls himself, was born on the 22nd August 1971 on the Indonesian island Lombok. He is Balinese Hindu and an active painter and musician. In a very young age he was struck by polio and since then he depends on a wheel chair. Being disabled in Indonesia is a rather difficult situation. There is nothing such as support from the government or even society. Mantra’s determination and will power alone made him the outstanding talent he now is. In 1989 he visited the Fine Arts High School in Batu Bulan, Bali for 4 years and was then accepted by the prestigious Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta. He graduated in 1999 with a BA in Fine Arts. After graduation he returned to his home island Lombok realizing that this beautiful and colorful island comprised of enormous richness in traditional elements interesting to implement into his art forms. He then started to experiment with different concepts creating music combined with visual art using his own perspective. Mantra’s dream is to bring the rather unknown ethnic elements of Lombok music on the global map for music lovers to appreciate unique traditional elements combined with…
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