Commemorating Youth Pledge, the Palace Holds “Nusantara Berdendang”
Date 29 Oktober 2016
The Presidential Palace has its own way to celebrate the 88 years of Youth Pledge. On Friday (28/10) evening, the Merdeka Palaces front yard was transformed into a stage for an arts and cultural performance Nusantara Berdendang.
The cultural shows, started at 8 p.m., was preceded by singing the national anthem Indonesia Raya. Afterwards, the spectators enjoyed Pajaga Makkunrae dance from South Sulawesi. At the stand, President Joko Widodo, First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and Ibu Mufidah Kalla looked really enjoyed the performances. Likewise, the guests as well as the people were enthusiast to watch the performances.
The golden medalists of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Lilyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad were chosen to read the Youth Pledge.First, we, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one motherland, Indonesia. Second, we, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one nation, the nation of Indonesia. Third, we the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect the language of unity, Indonesian, said both badminton athletes who read aloud the decision of the 1928 Indonesian Youth Congress.
The event was also enlivened by arts and cultural performances from various regions in Indonesia, such as Betawi Topeng Dance from Jakarta, Gandrung and Kuntulan Dance from Banyuwangi, Wayang Ajen from West Java, Tua Reto Lou Dance and sasando music from East Nusa Tenggara.
The stages was also enlivened by the performances of Piring Dance from West Sumatera, Hudoq Dance from East Kalimantan, Topeng Ireng Dance from Boyolali, and Mambri Dance from Papua. The event Nusantara Berdendang was concluded by a medley of traditional songs where the performers collaborated in one choreography.
Besides traditional arts and cultural performances, Nusantara Berdendang also presented a video mapping show. The building of the Merdeka Palace was transformed into a giant screen that aired the visualisation of the history of Youth Pledge as well as the struggle of the youths in 1928.
More than that, the video mapping also became the background for all dance performances that showed visualisation matching with the dances, for example Rumah Gadang, batik motive, etc.
Also attending the event were the fifth President of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (UN)(MMB/YM/Naster)