Senin, 17 Februari 2014

Balinese Dance is in Queue for World Cultural Heritage Proposal

Balinese dance is among four other cultures from Indonesia that is proposed to UNESCO as the world cultural heritage. Those four national cultural heritages will be proposed to UNESCO one by one starting from 2014.
As quoted from Cabinet Secretariat web page, four national cultural heritage that is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah which will be proposed this year, Balinese Dance in 2015, Phinisi Boat in 2016, and Indonesian Weaving in 2017.
Diah Harianti, Director of Internalization of Values and Cultural Diplomacy Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) said that annually, every country should only propose one cultural heritage. The selection order of the proposals is made with various considerations. Cultural heritage, as much as possible should represent every region in Indonesia. Another consideration is the proposed culture should have a high value and sanctity.
Consideration based on the region, said Diah, due to cultural diversity in Indonesia is enormous, while the quota to be registered to UNESCO is very limited. In response to that, regional approach is needed so that all areas can be represented.
In addition to the area, the value of which is contained within a heritage should be high. Balinese dance for example, which will be proposed in 2015, in addition to representing the region of Bali, Balinese dance sanctity values have been high. The Balinese people uphold their culture one of them through dance.
She asserted that the limitation in the amount of the proposed national cultural heritage to UNESCO does not mean the determination of the amount of the national cultural heritage diminished. In contrast, out of 2,700 cultural heritages that have been recorded at this time should continue to increase in number.
“We need as many sets of national culture. This year target is 1,000 heritages. Last year there are 77 heritages predefined, this year target is at least 70 more,” she explained.

Selasa, 11 Februari 2014

Ahead of Nyepi Day

Gianyar Remains to Hold Ogoh-Ogoh Parade
Ahead of Nyepi Day Gianyar Remains to Hold Ogoh-Ogoh ParadeCelebration of the Ngerupuk (Mar 30), a day before the Nyepi Day 2014 (Mar 31) in Gianyar County is ascertained to be festive. It followed the issuance of the circular that allowed the making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh or papier mâché demon at the Pengerupukan night. Previously, the customary village youth (Sekaa Taruna) worried if the making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh would be prohibited for the reasons of general election.
It is supported by the presence of the circular regarding the celebration of the Nyepi Day in the Saka New Year 1936 No.300/008/BID.II/BKPL/2014 signed by Regional Secretary Gianyar Ida Bagus Gaga Adi Saputra on behalf of the Regent of Gianyar. “The making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh must comply with the requirement,” said the Head of Gianyar national unity, politics and public protection agency (Kesbangpollinmas), I Ketut Arthawa.
Design or embodiment of the ogoh-ogoh, explained Arthawa, should be adapted to the Hindu literature, and would not be allowed to use the characters or manifestation of the Pandavas, Rama and the like which symbolized goodness. It neither used the characters identifying the attributes associated with politics and political parties, both in the form of ogoh-ogoh or other accompaniment attributes.
The ogoh-ogoh parade should only be organized within the territory of respective customary village. Meanwhile, if it would pass through the other customary village territory, it should be made coordination with the officers of the customary village passed or the relevant security force. Besides, the parade should also be accompanied with Balinese gamelan music to reflect the tradition of Balinese art and culture. Then, it would not be allowed to kindle firecrackers or similar items generating booming sounds that could disturb the security and public order.
Regional Secretary Ida Bagus Gaga Adi
Saputra conveyed the chief of customary village with all the elements of leadership would be fully responsible for the security and order associated with the implementation of the ogoh-ogoh parade. The unregistered ogoh-ogoh would not be allowed to join the ogoh-ogoh parade activities.