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Indonesian cultural event
17 June 2014
18:00 hrs, Hall XIV, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Indonesian cultural event
Performed by Le Sangkuriang

Indonesian cultural event

Musical performance:

The name of the group "Le Sangkuriang" was given by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia, Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. Indonesia Angklung was registered by UNESCO in November 2010.

The angklung is a musical instrument made of 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 strikes the instrument. 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, but it originated in what is now Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries.

The word "angklung" was originated from Sundanese "angkleung-angkleungan", that means the movement of angklung player and the sound "klung" that comes from the instrument.

Another theory suggested that the word "angklung" was formed from two Balinese words - angka and lung. Angka means "tone", and lung means "broken" or "lost". Angklung thus means an "incomplete tone".

Indonesia Angklung was registered by UNESCO in November 2010.

Indonesian dance:

Legong Keraton: Legong is a form of Balinese dance. It is a refined dance form characterized by intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and expressive gestures and facial expressions. An extremely basic definition of legong is a dance traditionally performed by pre-pubescent girls in the palaces of feudal Bali.

One translation is that the word is made up of two words. Lega meaning happy and Ing wong meaning person - put them together and you get: "something that makes people happy". Another one is oleg meaning dance and gong meaning gamelan, the music that accompanies the dance.

Indang Badinding: Indang Badinding Dance originally comes from Minangkabau Indonesia., created by Mr. Rapa'i. This dance represents a humble community, mutual respect, and obedience to God's command line with Malay culture.

Reginald Lambert
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