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Indonesians in Focus: Rasinah

March 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

If only Jinggan Anom and Kelana Gandrung could talk — the two wooden masks might tell the sad story of how close they almost came to being separated from their longtime owner, Rasinah, the only surviving Indramayu mask dancer maestro. After many years accompanying their master in preserving the traditional dance of West Java’s north coastal region, the two masks were recently almost sold to the highest bidder to raise money to pay for their sick master’s hospital bills.


Traditional Art Form: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-creating-wayang.jpgPucung village in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, is one of the places in the country in which its crafts is made from animal skin. The craftsmen have learned their skills from their parents, so it’s a generational practice despite their meagre amount of income. A mother of two, Sartina, 26, has known the craft of creating shadow puppet skin since she was in fourth grade. After she is finished with her household chore, she paints on pieces of skin to be used for fan souvenirs (kipas). Most of the craftsmen in Pucung village are daily laborers in which businessmen, who purchase the raw material, use their service for the finishing part, such as cutting and painting.


Blitar – A Range of Attractions: East Java

November 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-jimbe-drum-malang.jpgThere are many tourist attractions in Blitar, a city located right at the foot of Mount Kelud, and 167 kilometers from the East Java capital of Surabaya city, so it would be a pity if you miss it. Apart from the grave of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, visitors can see a tourism village that sells jimbe drums, a product of Blitar’s home industries that are successfully breaking into export markets. It is better if you cancel any planned tour to Mount Kelud, located on the border between Kediri and Blitar regencies. This is because the volcano’s status is on high alert; the famous green lake in the caldera, a major attraction, has been closed to tourists.


Guardians of the Sacred Legong Dance: Bali

November 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-dan_bali.jpgA dozen beautiful girls danced together in the courtyard of Payogan Agung Temple in Ketewel village, Sukawati, near Ubud in Gianyar in early October. The dancers were dressed in gold with crown-like headdresses adorned with fresh flowers. Other girls wearing similar costumes sat patiently in a corner of the temple waiting for their turn to perform. Ni Kadek Dewi Puspayanti and the other girls are members of a legong troupe that was not formed to entertain tourists or dance enthusiasts but to serve in life cycle rites, ceremonies and celebrations. The troupe was rehearsing for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Payogan Agung Temple celebration.


Indonesians in Focus: Ay Tjoe Christine

November 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Among the young contemporary Indonesian artists, Ay Tjoe Christine takes a special place. Hardworking, and commanding a variety of techniques, she is also blessed with great integrity. She has exhibited internationally, and her works find appreciation from curators and collectors alike.


Indonesians in Focus: Djoni Basri

October 29th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

In most Indonesian cities the principal crossroads are graced — or disgraced if you like — by statues in the style known as Soviet Realism. These show muscle men snapping their manacles, thrusting forward, determined to engage with some enemy. They
are valiant, determined, aggressive and always triumphant.


Bali Needs to Register Cultural Assets

October 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik has asked the Balinese to protect their cultural assets by registering them as intellectual property. Indonesia recently became embroiled in a spat with Malaysia over that country’s use of the folk song Rasa Sayange, which Indonesia claims as its own. Malaysia was also reported to have registered batik products as its own cultural assets according to the Jakarta Post.


Kertalangu Cultural Village: Bali

October 21st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-kertalangu.jpgA new recreational site - Kertalangu Cultural Village - is being developed in Kesiman Kertalangu, Padang Galak, East Denpasar, by hundreds of local farmers under the coordination of the village head. Strategically located on Jl. Raya Bypass Ngurah Rai, about five kilometers from downtown Denpasar, the Balinese, especially those in Denpasar and Gianyar, can easily reach the location by car, motorcycle or bicycle. On the side of the thoroughfare will be a shop selling ornamental plants and earthenware and not far from the shop an open-air restaurant with a stage and a sound system.


Children’s Museum: Yogyakarta, Central Java

October 18th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-children4.jpgLong before it will officially open its doors at Yogyakarta Cultural Park, a new children’s museum has been reaching out to the public with various events and displays. Kolong Tangga Museum, opening in January 2008, is named for a child welfare community grouping, itself an outgrowth of Yayasan Untuk Semua Anak (All Children’s Foundation). Museum technical director, Indra, said exhibitions for children — like “Mysterious Dolls” and “Old Prints of Jakarta” — were launched in 2006 in a bid to introduce the new museum to the public.


Creative Children: Yogyakarta, Central Java

October 17th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

For lots of children in Pandes village in Yogyakarta, Wednesdays have become the most popular day of the week — because that’s the day they are allowed outside their classrooms to play traditional games, learn about art and its history, and to playfully learn more of their own culture.


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