Indonesian cultural shows enchant Dhaka audience

08, Oct 2017 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

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Source: Daily Sun

With their virtuoso performances, Indonesian embassy staff in Dhaka enchanted the audience at the 6th Asian Tourism Fair-2017 at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital recently. The amateur performers held the audience spellbound by rendering one after another fabulous Indonesian cultural performances at the event. The knot of spectators also cheered the performers to the echo while they clad in colourful traditional Indonesian attires were proving their mettle on stage. Ibu Sri captivated the listeners through rendering two solo Indonesian hit numbers— Prahu Layar, and Sakit Gigi—of Dangdut genre. Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian folk and traditional popular music that is partly derived from Hindustani, Malay, and Arabic music. Dangdut is a very popular genre in Indonesia because of its melodious instrumentation and vocals. The superb presentations of popular Indonesian dances like Tari Tor Tor, Tari Piring, and Gemu Fa Mi Re took the audience to Indonesia and made them curious to learn more about the country.

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Tari Tor Tor is a dance that originated from Medan, North Sumatera. The dancers moves in a rhythm with a music (magondangi) which are played by traditional musical instruments such as gondang, flute, trumpet hobo, and others. Tari Piring is a traditional dance from Padang, West Sumatera. It symbolizes the feeling of grateful and joy of the farmers for their crops. This dance is performed with the dancer holding plates in their palm with music from talempong (a small kettle gong) and saluang (traditional flute).

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Gemu Fa Mi Re is one of many dances performed by Maumereans or the native people of Maumere and Flores of East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia. This dance is performed in group rather than individual and it is used as a symbol of harmony in togetherness. The Indonesian performers also turned the heads of the audience with their exquisite performances of Pencak Silat at the event. Pencak Silat is the indigenous martial art of Indonesia. It is a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry. Every part of the body is used and subject to attack during the practice Pencaksilat that is practiced not only for physical defense but also for psychological ends.

The amateurs also could earn several big rounds of applause from the beholders through bringing different Indonesians culture into life on stage. The spectators took the floor as Poco-Poco, a popular line dance from Indonesia originates from the Muluccas, was rendered on the occasion. This dance has a happy character and conveyed through the song arrangement and facial expressions of the dancers. Parjatan Bichitra, a monthly magazine, arranged the fair in association with Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), marking the World Tourism Day 2017. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon inaugurated the three-day fair as the chief guest, while Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina P Soemarno was there as the special guest.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Indonesian ambassador said Indonesia consists of more than 15,000 islands and the Island of Bali is just one of them. But Indonesia is much more than Bali, as you may discover in this Fair. “We have metropolitans like Bandung, Medan, and Jakarta the Capital City, where one can experience urban shopping and glorious tangible and intangible cultural heritage,” she added. “As we want to see more of Bangladeshis in Indonesia, our government has granted visa-free facilities for Bangladesh nationals in 2016,” she further added. She also maintained that her country is working to establish direct flights between Indonesia and Bangladesh to make it easier for Bangladeshis to visit Indonesia.

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