Selasa, 10 April 2012

The Magic of Sundanese Arts

Indonesia's cultural diversity is something that cannot be denied its existence. It’s caused by a number of islands in Indonesia. Can you imagine? There are 200 million people who spread in those islands. No wonder, if Indonesia have so many ethnics. For the example, Javanese, Sundanese, Batak, Chinese, et cetera. Next, I will tell some story about one of them, which is Sundanese ethnic. Sunda is the cultural community who mostly live in West Java. But nowadays, they spread into whole world. So don’t be confused if we met sundanese people in Arab, England, China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. For you information, sunda has some arts. But this paper will not explain all of it. This paper only explain about three of them, Jaipong Dance, Angklung, and Wayang Golek. Jaipong dance is one of famous sundanese culture. The dance was created by Gugum Gumbira, based on traditional Sundanese Ketuk Tilu music and Pencak Silat movements. Gugum Gumbira is a Sundanese composer, orchestra leader, choreographer, and entrepreneur from Bandung, Indonesia. The name jaipongan came from people mimicking of the sounds created by some of the drums in the ensemble. Audiences were often heard shouting jaipong after specific sections of rhythmic music were played. Jaipongan debuted in 1974 when Gugum Gumbira and his gamelan and dancers first performed in public. The Angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand shakes the instrument rapidly. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. The Angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia. Wayang Golek is a traditional Indonesian puppet play carried out with rod puppets. The puppet bodies are carved from wood. Indonesian Arts Network gets antique Wayang Golek puppets directly from real Dalangs (puppeteers). Little is known for certain about the history of wayang golek, but scholars have speculated that it most likely originated in China and arrived in Java sometime in the 17th century. At first, wayang golek is very traditionally performance art. But nowadays, wayang golek has follow the times. As an Indonesian people, we must preserve Indonesian culture. Indonesian culture is a precious heritage from the ancestor which differ Indonesia among all nation in the world. The basic thing that we should do is try as much as possible to blend Indonesian culture in our daily life, proud being Indonesian and make the culture as the way to show Indonesia as a charming nation in the whole world. Disadur dari berbagai sumber. Beberapa diantaranya itu merupakan copy paste.

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