Soka Gakkai Indonesia Contributes to Cultural Activities
From May 6-9, Kongres Wanita Indonesia (KOWANI), known in English as the National Council of Women's Organization of Indonesia, sponsored an event in Jakarta, Indonesia, in conjunction with the 3rd ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organization (ACWO) Board Meeting. Soka Gakkai Indonesia members in Bandung City were invited to perform dances and music at the event.
For the opening ceremony, SGI-Indonesia young women performed a traditional Merak Dance in costumes inspired by peacocks. On May 9, SGI women from Jakarta also performed folk songs with the Angklung, an instrument made out of bamboo tubes, and performed a Javanese dance at the event on May 9.
Guests included Hj. Melani Leimena Suharli, deputy chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and Dr. Dewi Motik Pramono, president of KOWANI.
On June 19, the Betawi Cultural Institute (LKB) sponsored a parade celebrating the diversity of cultures in Indonesia at the National Monument (Monas) grounds in Jakarta. The monument symbolizes the fight for Indonesia's independence. LKB invited the SGI-Indonesia young women's color guard team to perform. Along with the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, more than 10,000 guests attended.
At the parade opening, H. Tatang Hidayat, LKB chairman, expressed his appreciation for SGI-Indonesia's support and cooperation for the event and shared his vision of promoting Betawi culture. He also suggested that LKB and SGI-Indonesia cosponsor a culture festival in the near future.
The Betawi are the descendants of the people living around Batavia (the colonial name for Jakarta). They have their own culture in terms of music, traditions and food, and have had a great impact on other cultures in and around Jakarta.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Indonesia and article in the May 29, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Indonesia]