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Pasundan Arrives at Schiphol

News | Saturday, 17 September 2011 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawe Setiawan

'Het Amsterdamse Bos', a camp ground about 25 minutes from Schiphol, where we lodged for a couple of days. (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

Pasundan Performing Group arrived at Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam, early this morning. Arriving at the airport, the team led by myself with high school students from Bandung and Cimahi as its members was welcomed by Education Attache of Indonesian Embassy in the Netherlands Ramon Mohandas along with his staff and some Indonesians who live in the country.

The team was formed under the guidance of the Paguyuban Pasundan, one of the oldest social and cultural organizations in Indonesia. It shall perform Indonesian folk dances and music, particularly that of West Java, at the campus of Hogesschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam Business School) on Monday afternoon (19/09) local time. Here there are students who learn Indonesian under the guidance of Ms. I.R. Tjandrakesuma.

Under the guidance of Barlen Sutrisna, a Bandung-based musician who has often performed Sundanese arts in European, American, and Asian countries, along with choreographer Rian Syafarina, Pasundan’s youths have been practicing regularly for the past few months. According to the Chairman of Paguyuban Pasundan Didi Turmudzi, they should be supported by all who have concerns in preserving and developing Sundanese culture due to their skills to promote the culture to public world.

Before leaving for Europe, Pasundan Performing Group presented its works before Bandung public at the end of July. Among the audience, there were Nety Heryawan, the wife of West Java Governor; Herdiwan Iing Sunarta, Head of West Java Tourism and Culture Bureau; and the Secretary General of Paguyuban Pasundan. On that occasion Nety Heryawan expressed her appreciation to the creativity of Pasundan youths.***

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