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Sitras AnjIlin: Holding on to tradition

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Magelang   /   Sat, January 15 2011   /  12:02 pm

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiResidents of Tutup Ngisor live for the arts.

But forget about blaring loudspeakers in this little Central Javanese hamlet on the slope of Mount Merapi in Sumberan village, Dukun district, Magelang regency. People there prefer to express their artistic penchant with melodies of mildly played gamelan and sounds of a flute and sung poetry.“Not a day goes by without poetry singing and gamelan playing in Tutup Ngisor. We play anytime, because art has become part of people’s life around here,” said Sitras Anjilin recently.Sitras Anjilin inherited Padepokan Tjipto Boedojo, a traditional studio in Tutup Ngisor, which his father Yoso Sudarmo — also known as Romo Yoso — established to revitalize Javanese traditional arts from 1937 onward. This studio has since served as an art center for the hamlets’ residents. Born there in 1959, Sitras knows only too well ...