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Indonesian Icons: Inul Daratista: The birth of the drilling dance

Raka Ibrahim

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, March 26, 2021  /  08:00 am
Indonesian Icons: Inul Daratista: The birth of the drilling dance

Inul Daratsita began her career in controversy before blossoming into one of Indonesia's most recognizable names. (Inul Daratista's Instagram/Courtesy of instagram.com/inul.d)

Part I: The birth of the drilling dance Some queens began as upstarts, and Inul Daratista was no different. For there really was a time before the money, the television appearances, and the wildly successful business ventures, when her name was synonymous with sin. The dangdut singer from a one-horse town in East Java had risen to fame overnight and sparked arguably Indonesia’s first true cultural war since the fall of the New Order regime. And she had done so with style. She was flamboyant, brash and unafraid. She was everything the establishment feared and everything the people wanted. Fame and notoriety overcame her for a time. But she learned to tame it, and now here she is: Inul. A goliath of popular culture. A byword for controversy. A name forever seared into the collective consciousness of every Indonesian. First, we must set the scene. It was 2003, and Indonesia w...