Saung Angklung Udjo built in 1966 is one of the must visit attraction when in Bandung, in particular if you like the Arts and Culture. This institution is established with the objective of preserving Sudanese culture and offers an educational laboratory and training centre of Angklung.
Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument made of bamboo. It requires 7 Angklung each producing a resonant making up an octave in order to perform music.
Beside being a museum displaying the history and facts of the Angklung. It is a one-stop cultural workshop, performance venue, bamboo handicraft center and bamboo instrument workshop. The highlights at Saung Angklung Udjo is the daily performance at 3pm.
The performance showcases Sudanese Arts and Culture. The performance was rated highly as must watch on Trip Advisor. There are 3 main parts to the peformance; Wayang, Circumcision Ceremony, Anklung.
Wayang (Puppet Show)
Beginning with Wayang which in this case is a puppet show. The narrator will introduce the puppet and describe them. There is a evil party and a hero group.
Next, the circumcision ceremony is performed.
Followed by the Sundanese Dance by 2 pretty little girl whose movements were swift and elegant.
More Performance By Kids
Subsequently, more kids took the central stage to perform some songs and sing along session in various languages were conducted.
Coming up next is a more professional performance of the Angklung. We were told that the Angklung is extremely versatile. It could play a variety of music, except Jazz. And as such, they attempted a semi-Jazz.
Learning To Play The Angklung
My favourite part of the session is learning to play the Angklung. Each Angklung is a tone. 7 different angklung make up an octave and music is created.
Joining In The Fun
At the end of the session, audiences were invited to join in the fun with the performers for a group dance. So don’t be shy when invited.
After the performance or maybe even before, drop by the souvenir shop to pick up some gifts for loves one back home.
Don’t expect expect professional performance like the symphony orchestra at Saung Angklung Udjo. However, it is no doubt an entertaining 2 hours with lots of fun.
Saung Angklung Udjo
Jl. Padasuka 118, Bandung 40192
Tel: +62 22 727 1714
Daily Performance – 3pm
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