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‘Tarawangsa’ Closed the Tented Forum

News | Thursday, 22 December 2011 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawe Setiawan

Mang Pupung (playing a cello-like instrument that is called 'tarawangsa') and his fellow musicians at Babakan Siliwangi (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

An all-night long performance of tarawangsa music was held at Babakan Siliwangi, Bandung, West Java, yesterday, marking the closing session of the year-end cultural reflection organized by Common Room since last Saturday. A performing group from the district of Rancakalong, Sumedang Regency, played the traditional music at one of the art galleries of Art Work Studio (SOS), an artists organization that has long been inhabiting a spot of the endangered green open space. As Mang Pupung and his fellow musicians were playing the string instruments, the audience, most of them were young people in traditional Sundanese costumes, sat on carpet, under a large tent, attentively enjoying the performance amid the rainy evening. Some of them danced accompanied by the music.

At the same place a couple of hours before, veteran activist Solihin Gautama Purwanegara (85) delivered his speech concerning the threats to natural environments of West Java. The retired army general, which is well-known as Mang Ihin ‘Uncle Ihin’, along with his Council for Sundaland Forestry and Environment (DPKLTS) is planning a movement that is called ‘Occupy Punclut’ to be started on January 21st. Punclut is a hilly green area of the city that has recently been damaged by an elite housing development.

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