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Art charity marks Dewa Budjana's album launch in Yogyakarta

Stefanus Ajie

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta  /  Sat, December 29, 2018  /  10:07 am
Art charity marks Dewa Budjana's album launch in Yogyakarta

The collaboration between Dewa and Suka Pari Suka initially began as a casual conversation about the community's work, which provides financial support to local artists. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)

Dewa Budjana released a solo album titled Mahandini at the Sangkring Art Space in Yogyakarta on Dec. 20, with part of the proceeds from the event going toward a local artist community.

The name of the album, Mahandini, comes from Sanskrit and is a portmanteau of maha (large) and Nandini, or Nandi, the guardian deity depicted as a bull that serves as Shiva's mount. 

The musician said the project was a grand vehicle for collaboration, as the album features international musicians who worked together.

Some of the names involved in the making of the album include Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Marco Minneman, Mohini Dey, Mike Stern and former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

The grand vehicle theme was also reflected in the launch event in Yogyakarta, which featured an exhibition that presented the paintings of 55 local artists that had created special artwork for the album

Among the participating artists were Joko Pekik, Nasirun, Heri Dono, Bambang Heras, Ugo Untoro, Pande Ketut Taman, Jumadil Alfi and Agus Suwage. 

Creative Economy Agency head Triawan Munaf also attended the event, which was organized by the Suka Pari Suka Yogyakarta art community. 

The collaboration between Dewa and Suka Pari Suka initially began as a casual conversation about the community's work, which provides financial support to local artists.

"I was very impressed with the spirit of togetherness of the Yogyakarta artists in the Suka Pari Suka community. They were able to raise funds from the sale of works to help fellow artists without discriminating over tribe, race or art stream," Dewa said on the sidelines of the album launch.

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Special edition artwork covers range in price from Rp 1.5 million (US$103) to Rp 40 million, with part of the proceeds channeled toward Suka Pari Suka. 

"Not all artists in Yogyakarta have the same standard of living. So the Suka Pari Suka community is there to provide assistance to artists who are in need of financial assistance, for example for medical expenses or death benefits," said Titi Widiningrum, Suka Pari Suka treasurer.

Since its establishment in 2009, Suka Pari Suka has had a trust fund that has reached hundreds of millions and been used for humanitarian aid for artists more than 150 times.

Kartika Affandi, a participating artist who created a cover, also gave Dewa two guitars that she hand-painted as a token of appreciation. (liz/kes)

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