Culture | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | sundanesecorner.org
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).
The epigraph reads as follows:
karancagé seni budaya
mageuhan tali mimitran
Mugi sing nanjung
kalayan karya linuhung
is the stage
a place to perform
creative works in art and culture
is the forum
a place for discussion
and strengthen friendships
May luck smiles on us
through exalted works)
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.
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). ***