CONTRIBUTION OF 2 SETS OF TRADITIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMEN FROM INDONESIA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDONESIA – KAZAKHSTAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

CONTRIBUTION OF 2 SETS OF TRADITIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMEN FROM INDONESIA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDONESIA – KAZAKHSTAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

As a part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relation between Indonesia and Kazakhstan, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Astana in cooperation with Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Almaty on 20th April 2018 has organized two major events. First, it was a hand over of 2 sets of traditional musical instrument from Indonesia, Angklung and Sasando, and second was cultural performances of traditional dances and music of Indonesia.

The main program of the event was hand over of 2 sets of Indonesia traditional musical instrument Angklung and Sasando. The contribution was made due to the facts that until nowadays the Museum has no collection of traditional musical instrument from Indonesia on their permanent display. Through such contribution from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Astana, the general public of Kazakhstan will be able to learn more and see the diversity of the Indonesian culture, including its traditional musical instruments. In the near future, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia will contribute part of gamelan instrument, which will be represented with the traditional metallophone instrument of Indonesia.

Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Almaty was established in 1980, and currently has more than 1000 musical instruments from Kazakhstan and other countries in their collection and on permanent display. Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Almaty is the only museum of its kind in Kazakhstan.

The event was commenced with the cultural performances of Sasando music played by Mr. Bertho Pah (from NTT province in Indonesia), Angklung music played by Mr. Agung Saputra (Indonesian Embassy staff) and three traditional dances by dancers sponsored by Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. During one of the dance performances, audience were invited to the stage and taught how to perform Indonesian dance. The event was attended by officials from local government, music and art connoisseur, students and general publics.

The contribution from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia was received by Mrs. Ulzhan Baibusynova, Director of Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Almaty and Mr. Daniyal Abzaldinuly, Acting Chairman of the Department of Culture, Mayor Office of Almaty. In his hand over speech Ambassador of Indonesia Rahmat Pramono said that through such contribution of traditional musical instruments of Indonesia, the bond and understanding between people of the two countries will be stronger. Mrs. Ulzhan Baibusynova in her acceptance speech was very grateful with the donation and highlighted that it will expand the collection of the museum, particularly their collection of musical instrument from Southeast Asia region.