Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) is recognizing a record-breaking 24-hour performance of classic Javanese music at the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) in Yogyakarta that ended on Firday.
The performance included 450 sinden (gamelan singers) and gamelan players from 17 karawitan ensembles.
The performance was held to promote karawitan with the hopes that it would be acknowledged by UNESCO as part of the world’s cultural heritage, Sumaryono, the head of the event’s organizing committee, said.
However, Sudjiwo Tedjo, the chairman of the Kertagama Foundation, which promotes Javanese culture, said that it was important for Indonesian people to appreciate their culture and let to flourish at home, rather than promoting it abroad.
“If we’re not ready, then other nations could become experts in our culture and we might get left behind,” Sudjiwo, also noted dalang, or puppeteer, said. (Jakarta Post)