Pusaka Sunda is a gamelan degung ensemble, directed by Burhan Sukarma and Rae Ann Stahl, dedicated to performing traditional and contemporary gamelan degung music from West Java, Indonesia.
In Indonesia, the word “pusaka” means “heirloom”; a pusaka object serves its owner as a concrete symbol of authority, legitimacy, lineage, and succession. “Sunda” is the historical placename for the highlands of the western part of the island of Java in Indonesia, the homeland of the Sundanese people. The Sundanese are patriotic Indonesians, but also look back to the medieval kingdom of Sunda and the Pajajaran Empire to define their identity.
When Sundanese musician and composer Burhan Sukarma formed a gamelan degung group, he named it “Pusaka Sunda” (heirloom of Sunda). Burhan wanted to stress the connection of the group and the music it plays to his Sundanese homeland and to emphasize his belief that the group represents the inevitable flowering of Sundanese art which, despite the American heritage of many of its members, is nevertheless “khas Sunda” (truly Sundanese).
Pusaka Sunda is based in San Jose, California and draws gamelan musicians from throughout the San Fransisco Bay Area. The group was formed in 1988 and has toured extensively in California as well as in other states. Pusaka Sunda performs on a ten-instrument West Javanese gamelan degung built by Tentrem Sarwanto in 1993.
Harsanari (Sanskrit: Joy of Dance) is a San Francisco-based company founded in 1995 to teach and perform Indonesian dance and to educate the American public about Indonesian dance and culture.
Since 1997, under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari has specialized in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but remains uniquely distinctive, with its dynamic syncopated drumming patterns, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.
Harsanari has participated in numerous Bay Area dance performances, and was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for its 2000 Ethnic Dance Festival performance.
Since June 2000, Harsanari has been associated with noted dance master Achmad Farmis of Bandung, West Java. Mr. Farmis makes annual trips to the Bay Area to teach and perform, and members of Harsanari also travel to West Java to study.
Ninik Kunti Utami Lunde
Ninik Lunde taught Indonesian language at UW Madison for five years and has been teaching beginning and intermediate Indonesian since 1993 at UC Berkeley. She has created audio-visual materials for her classes. Her academic interests include linguistics and comparative literature. In addition to language teaching, she also has been performing Javanese, Balinese and Sumatranese dances on campus, in the Bay Area and at dance festivals.
Indo-DVC (Diablo Valley College)
We, The Fillagers
Batik presentation by Natasha Reichle (Associate Curator of Southeast Asian Art from Asian Art Museum)
Batik Fashion Show by Lubna Sherin (Academy Of Arts University)
Irna Magda Fowler
“I learned Javanese dance when I was younger & it’s a good hobby now. I hope my 6 years old will like learning Indonesian dance who she prefers ballet right now”