The Harmony of the Beautiful Music of Kolintang-Koto at the Republic of Indonesia’s Independence Day Celebration

Figure 1. Kolintang-Koto Performance at Hotel Imperial, Tokyo

Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) got an invitation from the Indonesian Embassy in Japan to showcase a collaboration of Kolintang music, Koto instrument, Gending Sriwijaya dance performance and a fashion show of Iwan Tirta’s batik collection at the diplomatic dinner reception. This activity was held on Saturday, August 24, 2018, at the Fuji Room, Hotel Imperial, Tokyo, Japan to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia and 60 years of Indonesia-Japan relations.

The event started by singing the National Anthem of both countries, namely Indonesia Raya dan Kimigayo. The speeches were delivered by Mr. Arifin Tasrif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Tokyo, and Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, the Minister of Environment of Japan. It continued with a toast led by Mr. Yasuo Fukuda (President of Japan-Indonesia Association), with other 9 guests of honor, namely Mr. Arifin Tasrif (Ambassador of Indonesia to Japan), Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa (Minister of Environment of Japan), Mr. Tadahiko Ito (State Minister of Environment of Japan), Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi (President of Komeito Party), Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura (Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan), Mr. Rachmat Gobel (Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia to Japan), Mr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro (Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center), Mr. Yutaka Limura (Special Envoy for The 60th Anniversary of Japan – Indonesia Relations, and Mr. Shigeru Sugawara (major of Kesennuma City).

Gending Sriwijaya dance, a South Sumatra traditional dance, opened the hospitality program. It was followed by a collaboration performance of Kolintang, by PYC, and Koto, by Jakarta Koto Club, performed the songs of Cintaku and Kokoronotomo. Furthermore, the models put on Palembang clothing and batik from Iwan Tirta collection with the accompaniment of Kolintang music during the fashion show. Following the fashion show, all the guests were invited to dance Poco-Poco together. Finally, a performance of Rayuan Pulau Kelapa song by Kolintang music ended the event beautifully.

The Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center always wants to preserve indigenous Indonesian culture and arts such as Kolintang and Batik. Thus, PYC always tries to exhibit Indonesian cultural and arts on several occasions, both at Indonesia and abroad. Finally, PYC also aimed to help PINKAN Indonesia to make UNESCO recognize the Kolintang as Indonesia native music instrument.

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