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Sunday, November 19, 2017

6,000 angklung players celebrate World Angklung Day in Bandung

The city of Bandung is celebrating the World Angklung Day on Nov. 19.
West Java traditional instrument angklung is recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Heritage. (Shutterstock/File)
The festivity is being held at the Gedung Sate and joined by Saung Angklung Udjo and Indonesia University of Education’s Keluarga Besar Bumi Siliwangi.
A total of 6,000 angklung players consisting of students from 150 schools in West Java, are set to perform in the event which celebrates the seventh year since angklung was declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage item on Nov. 16, 2010.
“Back in the day, angklung was an important part in several traditional ceremonies, especially during harvest season,” explained Tourism Ministry's head of Cultural Promotion, Wawan Gunawan.
Legend has it that the sound of angklung will catch the attention of Dewi Sri (Nyi Sri Pohaci), goddess of rice and fertility.
Bandung culture and tourism department head Kenny Dewi Kaniasri said that the main theme of this angklung party is The Real Work of Unifying the Nation. She hoped that by inviting students to participate, they will help preserve the culture. (JakartaPost)

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