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Saras Dewi: Philosophical songs

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 18 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/P.J LeoFor Saras Dewi, songs are poetry with musical notations.

The 27-year-old philosophy lecturer-cum-singer mesmerized the crowd last Wednesday at Bentara Budaya Jakarta, West Jakarta, at the Koin untuk Sastra (Coin for Literature) concert, a fundraising event to save the HB Jassin Literary Documentation Center.

The city administration was reportedly about to cut the budget for the center from Rp 164 million (US$19,000) to 50 million (US$6,000) this year. Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said his administration had miscalculated, and pledged Rp 1 billion for the center, head of HB Jassin documentation center Ajip Rosidi said.

The news of the budget cut raised the concern of Jakarta’s artists and literature lovers, including Saras.

The Bali-born woman with long black flowing hair sang a Balinese folk song Kupu-kupu Barong and her own single Lembayung Bal...