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A night of poetry and music with harpist Maya Hasan

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, April 28, 2016  /  05:04 pm
A night of poetry and music with harpist Maya Hasan

Maya Hasan plays the harp to a backdrop of poetry at the Sung Poetry event at Bentara Budaya Jakarta on Tuesday. ( Muttya Keteng)

"Sayur buatan ibuku seperti sajak yang pernah kutulis

[My mother's vegetable dish is like a poem I once wrote]

Aku perlu garam, Ibu

[I need salt, mother]

Kata-kata menghilang

[The words are disappearing.]"

Thus spoke poet Ni Made Purnamasari, accompanied by music from harpist Maya Hasan, as he read his work "Sayur Buatan Ibuku" (My Mother's Vegetable Dish).

The poem opened Maya's performance at the Puisi Bernyanyi (Sung Poetry) event held at Bentara Budaya Jakarta on Tuesday with performers including Ari Reda and Christopher Abimanyu.

The stage then changed; in the background was projected Sapardi Djoko Damono's poem "Hatiku Selembar Daun" (My Heart is a Leaf), while in the fore, Maya delicately strung her harp. With the music taking, as it were, center stage, the audience's interpretation of the poem was thrown more widely open than ever.

She closed the performance with a duet with 2005's Indonesian Idol finalist Ronald Silitonga, singing a poem by Asrul Sani titled "Surat dari Ibu" (A Letter from Mother).

"Kembali pulang anakku sayang, kembali ke balik malam!

[Come home my darling child, come back into the night!] 

Jika kapalmu telah rapat ke tepi, kita akan bercerita tentang cinta dan hidupmu pagi hari

[If your ship is on the brink, we'll share, come morning, stories of love and your life]," Ronald sang. (dia/kes)

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