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Thank you for visiting the website of Bapak Waleed and the International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America (ISF). We are dedicated to upholding the principles and systems of traditional Silat as embodied by Silat Tuo, Silat Minangkabau, and Silat Tradisional and as practiced in the birthplace of Silat, West Sumatra, Indonesia. This lineage is great, tracing its roots back nearly 1,500 years. The Minangkabau people of West Sumatra have preserved the heritage and the Pusako throughout the generations up until today.

This site is intended to be informative, but in reality, Silat is something to be experienced. We invite those sincere seekers to contact Bapak Waleed directly, or through the ISFA email below.

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Thank you! Terima Kasih!

PLACE new HeaderOn Saturday, October 3, the halls of Hamden Middle School were transformed into a multicultural exhibition and fair for children and families. With booths representing China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Turkey, and Mexico, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, a henna station, and an activity center with both pumpkin- and face-painting, the gym was a bustle of activity all day. Performances by a magician, folk singer and guitarist, several local dance troupes, and the high school marching band rounded out the day.

P.L.A.C.E = Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration

In the middle of the event, the audience members had the unique opportunity to try their hands at the movements of Tari Piring, the traditional candle-and-plate dance of the Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia. After watching a brief demonstration, accompanied by the traditional Gamelan Minang sounds of the talempong gongs, a dozen young boys and girls came on stage for a mini-workshop, learning the basic hand movements that comprise the candle-and-plate dance. Afterward, even more children visited the ISF cultural booth to try the movements with plates in their hands.  Children and their parents sampled ginger candies from the “Spice Islands,” learned about the largest archipelago in the world, and walked away with information booklets and activity sheets, as well as gift items like wayang kulit bookmarks displaying figures of Javanese shadow puppets, and pens and notepads courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI-NY).

With many thanks to Debbie Chavoya, Executive Director of P.L.A.C.E., and Mubarra Elahee, member of the Board of Directors, for the invitation to participate and perform.

[See image gallery at isfnewhaven.org]

posterJoin the ISF this Saturday in Hamden for the 9th Annual P.L.A.C.E. Festival, which runs from 10-4, rain or shine.  The mission of the P.L.A.C.E. Children’s Museum (Partnerships in Learning And Creative Exploration) is “To engage our community in the exploration of world cultures, celebrate diversity, and foster lifelong learning through art and play.”

The Festival, to be held in the Hamden Town Center Park, will feature fun for all ages, with exhibits, face-painting, a Global Village with international participation, and live performances.  In the event of rain, all activities will be moved indoors to the Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.


(Photo by Sabato Visconti for Outpost)

2015-09-29 11.39.41Following on the tremendously successful Indonesian Street Fair in New York City, the Indonesian Consulate in New York (KJRI) along with dancers from Saung Budaya and musicians from Gamelan Kusuma Laras, headed to West Stockbridge, MA, on Saturday September 26 to participate in the town’s first Indonesian Country Fair. The event organizer, I’in Purwanti, wanted to recreate and share her cultural roots, and prepared a fun-filled day for attendees of all ages and backgrounds. People visited regions of the Fair representing each of 6 different islands: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua, Bali and Java, complete with performances, artwork, batik designs, and food and drink samples from each of the islands.

The promote the event, the Berkshire Eagle Newspaper featured a profile of I’in Purwanti and her vision for the West Stockbridge Indonesian Country Fair…

Read the article here.

I’in and her husband own and operate a media production company called Outpost, also located in West Stockbridge.


ON Saturday, August 22, thousands of people came out on a beautiful late-summer day to East 68th street in Manhattan, drawn by the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City’s inaugural “Indonesian Street Festival.”  In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence and hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI-NY), the Festival featured vendors of Indonesian cuisine and traditional clothing, accessories, and gifts, coming from all over the Northeast Region.  The highlight of the Festival, the Main Stage, located directly in front of the entrance to KJRI-NY, featured entertainment and prizes all afternoon, for the enjoyment of everyone in the crowd.

[See image gallery at isfnewhaven.org]

After opening remarks by the Honorable Consul General Bpk. Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra, he and the Consular Staff led the crowd in singing the Indonesian National Anthem “Indonesia Raya.”  Then the afternoon’s “Journey to Indonesia” began with a visit to the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, with music, dance by Saung Budaya, and an interactive presentation from the International Silat Federation.  Half a dozen audience members of all ages climbed on stage to practice some basic hand movements from the traditional “Silat Tuo Minang.”

[See image gallery at isfnewhaven.org]

As the MC’s kept the crowd excited and engaged, performers transported the audience to Bali, Java, Borneo, and Sulawesi through beautiful cultural dances and other captivating exhibitions, including a performance by the renowned Gamelan Kusuma Laras and a fashion show and a traditional dance performance by a group of adorable young ladies 10 years old and younger.  Elsewhere along 68th street, tangible tastes of cultural cuisine were had at a variety of vendor booths, welcoming people to sample food and drink from all over the world’s largest archipelago.

Click to watch the video prepared by KJRI-NY

The Indonesian Street Festival received much attention in online news outlets, with both KJRI-NY and Permias NYC posting many photos from the day’s festivities.  The Indonesian Lantern, the Voice of the Indonesian Community in America, featured an article on the event, as did several blog writers, including Detik Travel and Indah Nuria.  Follow-up events hosted by KJRI include the Jakarta Fair Indonesian Street Festival in Somerwsorth, NH, the following Saturday August 29.

On behalf of Bapak Waleed and the ISF, we would like to thank the Honorable Consul General Bpk. Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra and his wonderful group of Consular Staff:

With heartfelt Congratulations, and Thank You for all your efforts and support in bringing the sweetness and diversity of Indonesian culture to America.

See below for still images from the KJRI-NY video Perayaan HUT RI ke 70 – Street Festival 2015 di New York:

[See image gallery at isfnewhaven.org]

…and some images from the Permias NYC album, with Photo Credits to KJRI NY and Kenny Soesilo:

[See image gallery at isfnewhaven.org]

JaveneseGamelanThis fall, Professor Sumarsam, of Wesleyan University in Middletown, will teach Gamelan performance in the Yale Music Department.  The class, listed as “MUSI 232: Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble,” will meet twice weekly, offering an introduction “to performing the orchestral music of central Java and to the theoretical and aesthetic discourses of the gamelan tradition,” and will culminate in a public performance.  Open to Yale University students; permission of the instructor is required.