Invited in the house of a good friend-
you shure on time will aware the daily same very important procedure:
The Ibu of the house will check the rice before cooking-
see the photo...
It is the honour of the house that the rice is good and free from stone or other.
It seems easy but it is real not so easy needs good eyes-
but the woman of the house will like to do it for the honour of the guest.
The rice is very important in Indonesia,
every traditional meal contents rice - nasi dengan ikan, nasi dengan sayuran, nasi dengan ayam, nasi kuning......
Special in Bandung is the Bahasa Sunda- it is the local traditional Sunda language.
Of course in the daily life is used the overall Bahasa Indonesia, but here in the Sunda area of West Java you will hear "Bahasa Sunda" at the Pasar and in family, easy mention the other word intonations, beginning with the names off Bandung places and so on- but it is too far away from malay language.
If you interested, so don`t hesitate to ask in a good Bandung music store for "Pop Sunda"-
here see a from my view very good Sunda Pop Music compilation. It is from the well known singer Hetty Koes Endang - see at Photo- Sunda Pop, from the begin of the 90ties found in Bandung.
The songs "Pasrah", "Harianeun", "Ngantosan" an "Naha Enya" from Hetty are very impressive mood and deep of feeling - but try to hear it in the old Bandung version, with the very own `unforgettable Hetty` slow free rhythm.
New more quick "disco time" versions (you will easy find it in You Tube) seems to me to much `standard`- had lost this special feeling.
In one stays in the Hotel Panghegar,
there in the lobby is two times a week, at late afternoon a performance of traditional Sundanese Musik.
It is nice to sit and to hear the sound of Sundanese Culture.
And nice to view the Impression, see the Photo from 2006.
Angklung is a traditional South-East Asian musical instrument, made by bamboo. Udjo Nalagena, a famous angklung artist, created an Angklung House in the outskirt of Bandung, where angklung is made, learned and played. You can enjoy an angklung orchestra played by 12 year old or less children or even be a part of this orchestra, holding one of the angklung instrument. The place is in the middle of padi terrace and bamboo field, a perfect location to feel the relaxness of a small village. It is one of the famous travel destination among westerners and is highly recommended
In its stage, Angklung needs many personal. The instrument made from bamboo where its use by shaken down. That way the instruments will release unique sounds. The shape of angklung consists of two bamboo sticks on many shapes, which are balanced, with the need of frequencies of tone.
Location: Jalan Padasuka no 118 Bandung Jawa Barat
The easiest way is to rent a car to go there or ask your travel agent if there is a program to visit this place.
Three dimensional carved wooden puppets.
The Sundanese puppet character, Cepot (pronounced “Chay-pot”), although the real star of the show is the puppet manipulator, or dalang, Asep Sunandar Sunarya. In the all- night puppet theater performances of wayang golek, Cepot embodies a boisterous and outspoken country bumpkin whose obscene language and carnivalesque humor challenge elitist social conventions and class hierarchies. Through his style of speaking Sundanese, dancing regional dances, village appearance and demeanor, and direct form of expression, Cepot has long been a site for defining the jago (macho) attitude of Sundanese males. In one modern version, Cepot can move his head up and down (as well as from side to side) and often has articulated hands. In another manifestation, he has a leg which is used in comedic dance scenes. In addition, dalang often place a lit cigarette in his mouth, which seems to indicate his almost human quality.
Cepot and Sundanese Identity
Who is Cepot? A family of clown servants, or panakawan, traditionally appear in performances of Sundanese wayang golek:
They include Semar and his sons Cepot, Dawala, and Gareng. Semar is an advisor to the Pandawa, the five heroic brothers of the
Mahabharata, and his sons assist in battle against the 99 Kurawa, the antagonistic cousins of the Pandawa. Cepot contrasts sharply with the refined classes of heroes, royalty and gods. Cepot’s style of speaking Sundanese is rough, direct, and to-the-point. In wayang golek puppet theater, Cepot appears in the middle of the night to dance, tell jokes, and deliver long monologues that critique existing social and political issues in the Sundanese language.
The musical arts of Sunda, which is an expression of the emotions of Sundanese culture, include some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. The "tembang sunda" with the kacapi (zither) and either suling (bamboo flute). Tembang means song or poem and Sunda is a geographical, historical, and cultural construct which signifies home for the Sundanese people of Indonesia.
Jaipongan is an excellent example of the virility of the Indonesian people and their culture and the way in which cultural change takes place with a natural momentum.
Jaipongan is a social dance for young people. It differs from other dances of this type in that it demands certain standards from the dancers, in fact, the following of the basic choreography is very important. First and foremost it is a performance which has its own choreography, musical accompaniment and a style which not all performers will be a able to achieve. It requires the skill gained from courses in dancing this particular dance and therefore demands a higher level of interest than normal.
While it may be easy to criticize Jaipongan for being "commercial" its success boils down to popular taste. An interesting aspect of its acceptance in the West Java area was a distinct decrease in cultural influences from outside Indonesia.
A special part of the Sundanese Culture in Bandung are the old dances.
Shure there are much performances in Bandung -
here a picture of a small performance seen in 2002 at the Hohmann Hotel in Bandung.
Very nice in coulors of the dancers, showing the old tales of Jawa, together with traditional Sundanese music.
Art Degung is one art sunda karawitan which used instrument gamelan harmony degung (more general harmony pelog ).