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Schoolchildren Joined ‘Angklung’ Festival

Culture | Tuesday, 21 June 2011 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

Angklung performance (photograph: Hawé Setiawan/SC)

Hundreds elementary and junior high school children from all over West Java and Jakarta joined the Sixth Bianglala Angklung Festival, which was held today at Taman Budaya Jawa Barat, Bandung. Organized by Yayasan Pendidikan Bianglala ‘Bianglala Educational Foundation’—bianglala is an Indonesian word for ‘rainbow’—, this annual programme was aimed to preserve and develop one of the intangible world heritages recognised by UNESCO.

Participants of this event competed for Governor’s Trophy. A speaking English Dutch lady in kebaya suit along with her two local counterparts hosted the event. School children along with their parents and teachers attended this one-day long festival.

Angklung is one of the well-known musical instruments made of bamboo. The late Daéng Sutigna from West Java pioneered the use of angklung for diatonic musical performance. Bandung visitors generally go to the Saung Angklung Mang Udjo, a house of angklung pioneered by the late Udjo Ngalagena, in Bandung suburb of Padasuka, where children and teenagers play angklung music in a large gallery. The making of angklung can also be seen at the house.***

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