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Musical Journeys in Sumatra$
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Margaret Kartomi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036712

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036712.001.0001

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The Wartime Creation of “Gending Sriwijaya”

The Wartime Creation of “Gending Sriwijaya”

From Banned Song to South Sumatran Symbol

(p.186) 8 The Wartime Creation of “Gending Sriwijaya”
Musical Journeys in Sumatra

Margaret Kartomi

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines South Sumatra's official musical symbol, “Gending Sriwijaya,” a single song-dance created in 1945 and was first performed with its accompanying dance “Tari Gending Sriwijaya” as an ironic joke at the expense of the Japanese invaders, but was actually intended to serve the cause of the Indonesian independence movement. The chapter begins with a discussion of the wartime politics behind the first performance of “Tari Gending Sriwijaya” on August 4, 1945. It then considers how “Gending Sriwijaya” evolved from a provincial symbol to an Indonesian regional song after the war of independence (1945–1949). It also describes the development of the “Gending Sriwijaya” dance into a new, more elaborate and theatrical version called “Tari Penguton,” as well as Ibu Erna Nun Tjik Aladin's life experience and ideas about South Sumatran dance in terms of their significance to her versions of “Tari Gending Sriwijaya” and “Tari Penguton.”

Keywords:   music, South Sumatra, Gending Sriwijaya, song-dance, Tari Gending Sriwijaya, Indonesian independence, Indonesia, Tari Penguton, Ibu Erna Nun Tjik Aladin

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