Culture


Subject:
Intangible heritage

Indonesian Angklung
WARNING! Chrome users: if you get "Server not found", consult FAQ.5 for solutions
Share this:
 

Language(s): English, Indonesian

Summary/Historical Context

Related material that you
may also like:
Music
Customs and traditions
Craftsmanship
Asia and the Pacific

Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master craftsperson to produce certain notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each Angklung produces a single note or chord, so several players must collaborate in order to play melodies. Traditional Angklungs use the pentatonic scale, but in 1938 musician Daeng Soetigna introduced Angklungs using the diatonic scale; these are known as angklung padaeng. The Angklung is closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity in Indonesia, played during ceremonies such as rice planting, harvest and circumcision. The special black bamboo for the Angklung is harvested during the two weeks a year when the cicadas sing, and is cut at least three segments above the ground, to ensure the root continues to propagate. Angklung education is transmitted orally from generation to generation, and increasingly in educational institutions. Because of the collaborative nature of Angklung music, playing promotes cooperation and mutual respect among the players, along with discipline, responsibility, concentration, development of imagination and memory, as well as artistic and musical feelings.


on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature (culture.unesco.org)

Place/country: Indonesia,
Series: 2010 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2010 sur la liste représentative
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:09:59
Credits: Gaura Mancacaritadipura-Harry Waluyo (director)
Published in:2010

   LICENSING: for inquiries about licensing or requests for CD/DVD copies of this material, please contact the publisher or the author directly. You may also wish to consult our FAQs 6 to 9

Top of the page

 

Find multimedia content
ONLY IN (optional):
Films
Audio recordings
OR:
Search by country name
Features