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Jakarta Post

New Year celebration: Time for Bigger Plans

  • Sebastian Partogi

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 30 2017   /  12:33 am

JP/Wendra AjistyatamaMany Jakartans use the New Year’s holiday as a time to escape from day-to-day demands while setting new goals and aspirations for the upcoming yearFor well-known Indonesian pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan, 49, New Year’s celebration — the countdown on Dec. 31 and the celebration on Jan. 1 — is a chance to catch up with lots of old friends at various social gatherings starting from 7 p.m., to get away from day-to-day routines for a while and re-energize himself.“Various friends would invite me, so I will go from house to house in various parts of Jakarta. I actually like social gatherings. Connecting with other people always inspires me, whether in writing music or in terms of my own worldview. Furthermore, writing music is a solitary activity so meeting a lot of people is actually healthy for me,” Ananda told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Fr...