Pakualaman has new monarch
Bambang Muryanto and Slamet Susanto
The Jakarta Post
RM Wijoseno Hario Bimo aka Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Haryo (KGPH) Suryodilogo was officially crowned Pakualaman leader with a reigning title of Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya (KGPAA) Paku Alam X in a coronation ceremony held at Sewatama meeting hall at the Pakualaman complex in Yogyakarta on Thursday.
He replaced his father, KGPAA Paku Alam IX, who passed away on Nov.22.
In the coronation ceremony, KGPH Suryodilogo was installed as the highest ruler of Pakualaman after the Kyai Bontit, an heirloom kris or dagger, was pinned to him. In the ceremony, the 53-year-old stood before his throne, which is located at the northern tip of the Sewatama hall, before sitting upon it, surrounded by various heirloom weapons.
In his speech, KGPAA Paku Alam X promised to honor the obligation he had inherited from his forefathers to serve as a caretaker of culture. He defined culture as an intellectual practice related to concrete governmental and artistic activities.
'Being a caretaker of culture is not an easy task. My reign falls in a time of struggle between tradition and modernization. Creativity necessitates innovation; that is all the more the case in an age in which change never stops speeding up,' said the Pakualaman leader.
Law No.13/2012 on Yogyakarta's special status stipulates that with the coronation, KGPAA Paku Alam X automatically becomes deputy Yogyakarta governor.
Several state officials attended the hour-long coronation ceremony, including Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, State Secretary Pratikno, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Culture and Education Minister Anies Baswedan.
Equally present were former president Megawati Soekarnoputri and her daughter, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Yogyakarta Sultan Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, who is also the Yogyakarta governor, and his wife and their four daughters.
Also taking part were the monarchs of a number of Indonesia's minor courts, such as those of the Karangasem kingdom in Bali and the Cirebon kingdom in West Java. (ebf)
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