Indonesian Gamelan for the World

The government is hoping that the Intangible World Cultural Heritage status could be followed up to an even more intensive collaboration between the stake holders in order to take concrete benefits from it, by ensuring a holistic protection for our tradition starting from the factor of interests up to the culture itself and to ensure the preservation of gamelan economical value in different regions of Indonesia including through educational activities and all the way to tourism

The General Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Suharti, M.A., Ph.D., expressed her gratitude for the world’s acknowledgement through the UNESCO for Indonesian traditional music which had been widely known not only domestically but also internationally.

The acknowledgement holds an important meaning for the Indonesian cultural diplomacy where gamelan has become the 12th on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2021.

It would be great if in Indonesia, gamelan can be played anywhere from Sabang to Merauke, becoming a part of art accepted by the Indonesian people. During the event, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia would like to thank the late Rahayu Supanggah, one of Maestro of gamelan who had dedicated his life for the education, preservation and development of gamelan.

The government is inviting all stake holders both at the government, academic and the Indonesian public to work together to preserve Indonesian gamelan. We should feel proud to own gamelan and hopefully there would be even more Intangible Cultural Heritages from Indonesian being acknowledged by the world.

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