SIDNEY-West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan suddenly didaulat up to the open stage to play angklung on open stage Martin Place, Sidney, Australia, Saturday (27/1/2018). Waltzing Matilda's song became Aher's opening song.
Not only Aher, the wife of Netty Prasetyani and Director of the bank bjb Ahmad Irfan and his wife also climbed onto the stage accompanying Aher. They played Angklung Angklung Angklung team under the umbrella Circle of Pasundan who was holding a cultural mission in Australia.
Appearance Aher on the open stage Martin Place Sidney was spelled out suddenly. Aher who is undergoing a series of working trips related to the Sister Province program between the West Java and South Australia Provinces, suddenly requested to rise on stage by members of Muhibah Angklung when they travel to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Sidney.
In front of Indonesian citizens in Sidney and local residents, Aher is not awkward to join the dozens of Angklung's Muhibah members who are generally high school students. His hands and fingers began to move to play the arts tools typical of West Java until the rhythm of the song began to be heard and immediately applauded the applause of all citizens.
Waltzing Matilda's song was chosen by Angklung's Ayl, as Australia Day commemorates every January 26th where the people of Australia are celebrating. In addition to Waltzing Matilda, Ahet also had a song Lalayaran and Hariring Haleuang Tembang.
On that occasion, Aher had the opportunity to give assistance to the Angklung Benefit Team. Aher said, as a form of attention of the West Java Provincial Government to the arts of angklung, West Java Provincial Government through bank bjb provide assistance of Rp50 million for the team Muhibah Angklung torn greeted happily all members Muhibah Angklung.
"It's an effort to introduce our culture abroad, tie the relationship with the culture, especially the relationship between Indonesia and Australia.This is a good approach because there are no psychological barriers," Aher said.
Known, the angklung art from West Java has been incorporated into the world cultural heritage dafar by UN Unesco in 2010 ago. In 2016, Unesco visited Indonesia to see if there is any effort to preserve angklung seriously or not.
Maintaining the prestigious status of Unesco is the spirit for Angklung to continue to try to introduce and remember the angklung art for foreign citizens and Indonesian citizens abroad.
"If Angklung is not promoted and played, then the status of angklung owned by Unesco Indonesia will be revoked." Unesco evaluates every year, "said Trainer and Official Tim Muhibah Angklung Fedri Ruluwedrata Rinawan