Harmonious Triumph: Indonesia Sets World Record with Largest Angklung Performance


Indonesia has earned a place in the Guinness World Records (GWR) by orchestrating the largest angklung ensemble performance at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) in Jakarta on Saturday. An astounding 15,110 participants came together for this historic event. The participants performed two songs, "Berkibarlah Benderaku" and "Wind of Change," surpassing their own previous record and leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

Tri Tito Karnavian, Chairman of the Event Committee and the Solidarity Action Organization of the Era of the Advance Indonesia Cabinet (OASE KIM) highlighted the significance of the event. Initiated by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, the performance aimed not only to achieve a world record but also to preserve the traditional angklung musical instrument and support artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Tri acknowledged the challenges involved and deemed the event's success a gift for Indonesia's 78th Independence Day.

Franka Makarim, one of the organizers, emphasized the extensive preparations that went into creating a harmonious performance. Months of training were invested by participants from diverse backgrounds, including high school students, government representatives, and members of various organizations. Renaldi, a participant and student at the Institute of Domestic Governance (IPDN), recounted the dedication required for this world record.

Dian, representing Dharma Wanita Persatuan, expressed her joy and pride in contributing to the world record-breaking achievement. She described it as a valuable experience and was delighted to be part of this significant cultural event.

Sonia Ushirogochi, a GWR official judge, commended Indonesia's harmonious angklung performance and its achievement through remarkable teamwork. The assessment took place over an hour and was accompanied by performances from Indonesian Idol 2023 winner Salma, Saung Angklung Udjo, and the band Kahitna.

The event was graced by the presence of President Joko Widodo, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Mendikbudristek) Nadiem Anwar Makarim. Indonesia's success in hosting the world's largest angklung performance was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek). The ministry facilitated 20,060 angklung units for 381 angklung groups, each consisting of 40 members.

This achievement reflects the collaborative spirit of various stakeholders, including the government, artists, and educational institutions. Angklung's recognition by UNESCO since 2010 amplifies its significance, and the ongoing efforts to preserve it and inspire younger generations remain crucial to Indonesia's cultural heritage.

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