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Tuesday March 28th 2017

Soft Opening of LBS Stage

Culture | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

Today is a special day for our Sundanese Culture Institute (LBS), a cultural body of Bandung’s Pasundan University (Unpas). In a modest ceremony at Unpas campus this morning, Unpas Rector Dr. Éddy Jusuf signed a Sundanese epigraph, marking the official opening of LBS panggung alit (small stage).

Unpas administration staffs are performing Sundanese music and songs (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

Unpas administration staffs are performing Sundanese music and songs (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

The epigraph reads as follows:

Di dieu

pamidangan

geusan mintonkeun

karancagé seni budaya

Di dieu

panglawungan

geusan sawala

mageuhan tali mimitran

Mugi sing nanjung

kalayan karya linuhung

(Here

is the stage

a place to perform

creative works in art and culture

Here

is the forum

a place for discussion

and strengthen friendships

May luck smiles on us

through exalted works)

Unpas Rector Dr. Éddy  Jusuf is speaking in the ceremony (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

Unpas Rector Dr. Éddy Jusuf is speaking in the ceremony (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

As director of the LBS, I myself talked to the audience concerning our regular programmes, namely staging Sundanese performing art and organizing informal forum on Sundanese culture. The two programmes have been held at our daily base, which is located at our main campus in the fast growing urban area of northern Bandung.

We also invited Dr. Acép Iwan Saidi, a culture scholar of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), to deliver a speech. Before some 40 guests, he delivered an excellent speech on the deterioration of moral and character education in the country. He emphasized the significance of ‘self-reflection’ in order to rethink current education that tends to be ‘pragmatic’.

Poet and writer Hadi AKS performed the so-called fiksimini basa Sunda (Sundanese mini fiction), a new genre in contemporary Sundanese literature created by writers who share their works through social media. And veteran actor and poet Yayat Héndayana performed poetry reading, presenting three poems by the late Wahyu Wibisana.

Poet and writer Hadi AKS is performing story reading (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

Poet and writer Hadi AKS is performing story reading (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

On the stage, some Unpas staffs performed traditional Sundanese music and songs. Directed by LBS staff Agus Suhérman, they played our classic gamelan (Sundanese orchestra).

Finally, at noon, Irwan Saléh Indrapradja, LBS Secretary who chaired the ceremony, let the audience taste the yellow tumpeng (a cone-shaped rice usually served in traditional ceremony). ***

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