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Bogor festival praises God through Sundanese music

Theresia Sufa
Theresia Sufa

The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java | Mon, November 12, 2018 | 12:33 pm
Bogor festival praises God through Sundanese music

Traditional Sundanese music groups Swara Djiwa Nusantara and Ki Gola play musical instruments that represent Bogor. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

The Sunda Land Ethnomusic Festival was held on Oct. 27 at Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta Temple in Ciapus village, Bogor regency, West Java.

Initiated by Talataaki Production, a non-profit organization focused on Sundanese music, the festival saw humanists and Sundanese musicians praying and praising God through traditional music of the region.

Muslim preacher Shabbir Hasan Warsi from the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian cultural center in Jakarta plays the tabla and sitar, representing Indian culture.
Muslim preacher Shabbir Hasan Warsi from the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian cultural center in Jakarta plays the tabla and sitar, representing Indian culture. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

Talataaki Production head Iwan Toruan said the purpose of this festival was to pray for harmony in Indonesia and world peace through kecapi suling, because praying could be done through art.

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Musical styles from other West Java regions such as Subang, Bandung and Cianjur were performed in the festival. Traditional music from Japan, India and China were also showcased by the respective foreign participants.

Two Japanese harp players from the Jakarta Koto Club.
Two Japanese harp players from the Jakarta Koto Club. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

“This event is a chance to introduce the classic Sundanese kecapi suling to the world, with the hope that this noble art can survive in the future,” Iwan said.

Besides Sundanese musical performances, there were also discussion sessions on the biogeographical regions Sundaland, Lemuria and Atlantis, as well as exhibitions for traditional Sundanese crafts. (iru/kes)

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