Singapadumany aspects of traditional life
Singapadu Village is belong to the administrative area of Kecamatan Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, 12 km away from Denpasar city, 27 km from Kuta and 37 km from Nusa Dua area. The status of Mas is at the level of " Desa " which means a unit of settlement autonomous in organization traditionally relating to the religious, social, and many aspects of traditional life.
Normally a Desa is consist of many smaller unit of settlement which has it's own traditional organization called " Banjar ". Yet a Desa is not necessarily consist of many Banjar organizations, yet the most important requirements to be considered to be a level of Desa is ownership of at least 3 temples, cemetery and a meeting hall. In a very simplified way the Banjar can be translated into a village.
That is the existence of Desa Singapadu which is by chance this level of settlement unit consist of many Banjars.
By location Singapadu is only 2 km away from Batubulan town, and even today there is no clear border between them. When one drives to Ubud or Gianyar taking short cut to Batuan the road which passing Singapadu. Which atmosphere is still like Bali dozens of years ago with very big banyan tree in the middle of the Desa, although all houses are modern.
Interest of Singapadu
In contrast with Batubulan which offers traditional entertainment such as Barong dance, Kecak Dance, and stone carving, Desa Singapadu offers mixed interests from gold and silver works, animal safaris, Barong dance and Kecak Dance.
That are the main interest of Desa Singapadu beside indeed the traditional smith of gold and silver as meticulous as silver and gold smith at Desa Celuk. Most of the smith are working at home, only small number of them have showroom, unlike in Celuk. They work with their family receiving orders from big art shops or exporters or bring their product to the shops in Ubud, Kuta, Denpasar, Nusa Dua or any places that sell as retail or whole sales.
There are also association of music and dances such as Barong dance and Kecak dance at Singpadu, yet all of them are only perform on charter. The can present their dance at the village hall or at any place prepared by the hirer such as hotels, restaurant or other villages.
A school of dance can be found also there, which educate the children many type of Balinese dance, especially from elementary school or early age. The school is a foundation managed by one of the famous Balinese music artist and teacher at Bali Art and Music Academy in Denpasar.