News | Friday, Juny 24th, 2016 | sundanesecorner.org
One of the interesting articles in current edition of Sundanese weekly magazine Manglé tells about a pasantrén ‘Islamic boarding school’ in West Java’s region of Sukabumi. Written by chief editor Tatang Sumarsono, it highlights the uniqueness of this school in the sense that it educates and trains Muslim artists. Here santri ‘Muslim students’ learn how to paint quranic calligraphy. The school is well-known as Pasantrén Kaligrafi Alquran ‘Quranic Calligraphy Boarding School’.
Located in the District of Gunung Puyuh, the pasantrén was founded in 1998 by Muslim cleric and artist H.D. Sirojuddin A.R. under the authority of Lembaga Kaligrafi Alquran ‘Institute of Quranic Calligraphy’. A graduate of East Java’s prestigious Gontor Modern Islamic Boarding School, Didin —Sirojuddin’s nickname— is an award-winning calligraphy painter. He is also a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University.
Some 120 students from 21 provinces, along with some Malaysian fellow students, are studying the arts at the pasantrén.***