The Jakarta Post
Lukman Sardi plays the late poet Amir Hamzah in 'Nyanyi Sunyi Revolusi' at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta playhouse on Feb. 2, 2019. (Courtesy of/Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation)
The Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation is set to stream the play Nyanyi Sunyi Revolusi (The Quiet Singing of Revolution) on May 2 and 3.
Written by poet Ahda Imran about the late Indonesian poet Amir Hamzah, the play was staged at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta playhouse on Feb. 2 and 3, 2019. It was directed by Iswadi Pratama of the Satu Lampung Theater group and featured Lukman Sardi as Amir Hamzah and Prisia Nasution as Tengku Tahura, his daughter.
“Amir Hamzah is one of the most important figures in championing the Indonesian language,” said Renitasari Adrian, program director of the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation. “His life, love stories and struggles for the country were full of irony and tragedy.”
Producer Happy Salma of the Titimangsa Foundation said, “Alongside his role as a poet, Amir Hamzah had a big role in the birth of the republic. He was active in numerous youth groups, which raised the awareness of nationalism against Dutch colonialism.”
Nyanyi Sunyi Revolusi is based on the late writer N.H. Dini’s biography of Amir called Pangeran Dari Seberang (The Prince from the Other Side). The play tells the story of how Amir is forced to leave his lover in Java and faces an arranged marriage in Langkat, North Sumatra. He asks his daughter from the marriage to deliver an apology to his past lover, but Indonesia’s struggle for independence brings uncertainties. When the Langkat palace is attacked, Amir is kidnapped and tortured.
The son of a sultanate royal in Langkat, Amir was born in 1911. Regarded as one of the nation’s most acclaimed poets, he was known for his collections, Nyanyi Sunyi (1937) and Buah Rindu (Longing, 1941). Literature critic H.B. Jassin named Amir the king of the Pujangga Baru literary movement. Amir was declared a national hero in 1975.
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