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Obituary: The Pakkarena dance maestro is gone

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 8 2010   /  08:53 am

Indonesia has lost one of its great artists. Coppong Daeng Rannu, a dance maestro from South Sulawesi, passed away last Wednesday and was buried the following day in her hometown of Kampili village, Pallangga district in Gowa regency.The Pakkarena dance maestro, affectionately called Mak (Mother or Madame) Coppong, died at the age of 89 from asthma. She was rushed to Syekh Yusuf Hospital in Gowa, but after being treated for about an hour, she breathed her last. She is survived by three children and eight grandchildren.Subaedah, 32, one of her granddaughters, told reporters that Mak Coppong died before her dream came true. Now, the only hope of realizing that dream lies with her other granddaughter, Nurlaela, 22.All her life, Mak Coppong wanted to open a dance workshop to preserve the Pakkarena dance, a traditional dance from South Sulewesi that has been performed at various world art eve...