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Director Teguh Karya to
be remembered in tribute
concert

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

To pay tribute to the late director Teguh Karya, the Jakarta-based Twilite Orchestra will stage a classical concert that will perform songs culled from the renowned director's 1970s and 1980s films.

The concert, to be held on Sept. 28, will feature songs from Teguh's movies such as Cinta Pertama (First Love), Badai Pasti Berlalu (The Storm Will Pass) and Ranjang Pengantin (Bride's Bed).

Scores of performers including Krisdayanti, Ruth Sahanaya, Harvey Malaiholo and Yana Yulio will sing tunes from the films, which will get new arrangements from Twilite Orchestra conductor Addie M.S.

Original artists who have performed in the original version of soundtracks to Teguh's film such as violinist Idris Sardi and opera singer Berlian Hutahuruk will also appear in the show.

Legions of Teguh's protegs such as Slamet Rahardjo Djarot, Christine Hakim, Alex Komang and Lenny Marlina are expected to take the stage, giving their personal accounts on the director-cum-playwright who passed away in Dec. 2001.

Slamet, one of the initiators of the concert, told The Jakarta Post that it was part of a campaign to revisit the legacy of the director, who was known as one of the country's most creative filmmakers, and who won critical acclaim for his realist films.

""On his deathbed, Mas Teguh told us that creativity must not die: This is part of our mission to keep that flame alive,"" Slamet said.

Slamet, who acted in many of Teguh's films, said that the task of making new compositions for the songs was intentionally given to Addie as he was seen as a young composer who did not take part in any of Teguh's films and was therefore approaching the task afresh.

As part of the buildup to the concert, to be staged at the newly opened Balai Kartini, a photo exhibition on Teguh Karya is being held at Plaza Indonesia.

Again, the organizers have selected young photographer Oscar Matulloh of the Antara photojournalism gallery as curator of the exhibition.

Teguh, who remained single until his death, passed away in 2001 from a stroke he suffered in 1998.

Born Liem Tjoan Hok in Pandeglang, West Java, in 1937, Teguh won countless Citra awards at the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI), the country's equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Starting his career as a stage actor, Teguh made his first film in 1968 -- a children's movie titled Jenderal Kancil (General Deer).

Three years later in 1971, Teguh won his first Citra award for his feature film Cinta Pertama.

The theme of romance later dominated most of Teguh's films. Films such as Kawin Lari (Runaway Brides) and Dibalik Kelambu (Behind the Curtain) won both critical acclaim and box office success.

Teguh's biggest box office film was probably Badai Pasti Berlalu. Released in 1981, the film quickly endeared itself to millions of movie buffs for the film characters' bittersweet romance.

The soundtrack to the film has become a classic; it has, several times, been reworked by different composers and singers.

Teguh, however, defied any effort to pigeonhole him as a romantic movie specialist and in 1979 produced an epic historical film, November 1828.

The film tells the story of a Eurasian soldier who wants to prove his devotion to the colonial government by striving to capture an independence fighter.

The film won six Citra awards.

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