The cultural center of Indonesia in Astana has opened classes where students can learn to play the traditional Indonesian instrument angklung. The popular Kazakh songs acquire new and exotic sound during the classes. Unique musical instrument made from bamboo tubes was originated in the 17th century and was used in rituals during the harvest. Today, angklung is included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list. The musical instrument fully reflects all the beauty of the traditional music of Indonesia.

 

HAMDANI, DANCE INSTRUCTOR:

In some Asian countries, such as Japan, angklung is taught as compulsory classes. This instrument develops memory and concentration. We gave concerts in different cities of Kazakhstan. And all of our viewers were impressed with this instrument, because it is unique in its sound and form. We hope that the angklung will become more popular among Kazakhstanis.

 

The student Ainur Nurgazina says that it is easy and interesting to play angklung. She started to play the Indonesian instrument very recently. She says she was charmed by its unique sound.

 

Ainur NURGAZINA, STUDENT OF CULTURAL CENTER:

Since March this year, I started to visit the cultural center. At first we had dance lessons, and later when a teacher from Indonesia arrived, we started to take classes on musical instrument angklung.

 

Haidi NUR HASHFI, HEAD OF CULTURAL DEPARTMENT, EMBASSY OF INDONESIA IN ASTANA:

Since Indonesian center is open in 2011 the cooperation of culture between Indonesia and Kazakhstan has become more and more intense. Indonesia held recital concert of piano. The concert name is Life of Piano by Mr. Levi GunArdi, he is Indonesian pianist, most probably one, he also played classical music. And we dedicated the concert to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan.

 

25 years of cooperation between Indonesia and Kazakhstan have proved that both states are inclined to continue the dialogue, and generously share their cultural treasures. Exhibitions, concerts and film screenings are held regularly. For example, currently, Indonesia is preparing a rich cultural program, which will be presented during the Expo 2017 in Astana.

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