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Benyamin Sueb – Seniman Betawi Serba Bisa

February 10th, 2009 0 Comments

Benyamin Sueb – Seniman Betawi Serba BisaBenyamin Sueb - Seniman Betawi Serba Bisa (1939-1995)Ia menjadi figur yang melegenda di kalangan masyarakat Betawi khususnya karena berhasil menjadikan budaya Betawi dikenal luas hingga ke mancanegara. Celetukan "muke lu jauh" atau "kingkong lu lawan" pasti mengingatkan masyarakat pada Benyamin Sueb, seniman Betawi serba bisa yang sudah menghasilkan kurang lebih 75 album musik, 53 judul film serta menyabet dua Piala Citra ini.Sejak kecil,...

Getting to Jakarta

February 9th, 2009 1 Comment

Getting to JakartaUnless you are Wisnu and happen to have the mighty Garuda at your disposal (its modern version can be a Lear Jet or a Gulfstream), chances are you will need the service of airlines to reach Jakarta from your hometown. But don't worry; Jakarta is an international gateway for Indonesia. Practically all international airlines stop in Jakarta.From within Indonesia, there are several airlines that serve the domestic markets: Garuda, Merpati, and...

People and Culture

February 9th, 2009 0 Comments

People and CultureJAKARTA is a city of some ten million inhabitants. Like many other major Asian capitals, Jakarta is a polyglot of ethnic groups that all contribute to making up the city's collective culture. The history and culture of Jakarta has many elements of India, Arabia, other parts of Asia, and the colonial powers of Europe, interwined with its own.Jakarta has more than its share of diverse ethnic influences as it is also the capital of a nation with...

February 9th, 2009 0 Comments

Indonesia's cultural diversity is celebrated in the national motto, Bhineka Tunggal Ika, meaning "Unity in Diversity." One manifestation of this tenet of Indonesian national identity is the government's efforts to give equal precedence to the development of traditional art forms from each ethnic group. In Jakarta, the Orang Betawi - the natives of the city - are considered to be the hosts of these cultures, having emerged from the melting pot...

New interpretation of Nyai Dasima, a Betawi story

February 6th, 2009 0 Comments

New interpretation of Nyai Dasima, a Betawi storyIf he chooses the former, his version would be just like five earlier versions of the story. If he opts for the latter, he will be deviating from the standard plot that has prevailed for the last 250 years.""I'm confused now. Should I kill Dasima or let her live at the end of the story,"" said Rusdi, now busy preparing for the performance of Nyai Dasima as a musical drama with the very metropolitan title Madam Dasima.Dozens of EKI dancers and...