Welcome! Selamat Detang!

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.

Please provide us with feedback on the site anytime.
Thank you! Terima Kasih!


These performances are made possible by the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

Gamelan Kusuma Laras
New York City’s Premier Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Presents Music and Dance of Central Java

Directed by I.M. Harjito
with Anang Totok Dwiantoro, Guest Dancer


Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 31 at 4 pm
Welcoming music begins 15 minutes before each performance.
Light refreshments will be served.

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
5 East 68th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues

Limited seating. Tickets available ONLINE.  Feel free to contact with questions or for more information.

Please join us for our Spring concert, where we will be presenting a selection of pieces that illustrate the dynamic range and subtle complexity of Central Javanese gamelan music. We are honored to have accomplished dancer Anang Totok Dwiantoro join us for the dance piece, Menak Koncar, which originated in the Mangkunegaran court of Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the depth and beauty of this rich artistic tradition!

Originally formed over 30 years ago, Gamelan Kusuma Laras has entranced audiences in the United States and Indonesia with its authentic performances of music, dance and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The ensemble has been active in the New York City cultural scene since its inception, performing on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World’s Fair of 1964-65.

About the Artists
I.M. Harjito, artistic director of Gamelan Kusuma Laras, is one of the finest Javanese musicians practicing today. He is a graduate of Indonesia’s state conservatory for the traditional performing arts, where he worked closely with one of the major figures of 20th-century Javanese music, R. Ng. Martopangrawit. Harjito has directed gamelan ensembles in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is also a composer of traditional and innovative works for gamelan and other instruments. For the past twenty-five years he has been a faculty member at Wesleyan University.

Anang Totok Dwiantoro, guest dancer, graduated from STSI, Indonesia’s state conservatory for the traditional performing arts in Surakarta, Central Java. He is known for his mastery of the strong male style of Central Javanese court dance. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is director and founder of a dance troupe. He has performed all over the U.S., both with his troupe and as a solo artist.


“…shifting timbres that floated and surged in a mesmerizing flow
-The New York Post

“…a skilled ensemble…a treat to watch.”
-The New York Times

Bear Path Elementary School in Hamden, CT has such an internationally diverse group of students, that they recently began a tradition of celebrating international cultures with a special Festival for all of their students in grades K-6. This year, the theme was “Games Around the World,” and the Bear Path students had the opportunity to showcase their talents by singing cultural songs, playing group games and performing dances, and sharing slideshows about the homes of their cultural heritage. Flags made by the art classes covered one of the walls of the Bear Path cafeteria, showcasing the countries represented at the event.

In addition to enjoying the vibrant colors on display at the cultural booths and in the outfits of the participants, the children and their parents got to sample flavors from around the world, like fried vegetable pekora from Pakistan, and of course ginger candies from the “Spice Islands” of Indonesia. In the first part of the evening, students walked around a collection of cultural booths representing nearly a dozen countries, filling out quiz sheets with questions like “This country used to be known as the Gold Coast of Africa.” At the booth hosted by the International Silat Federation of America & Indonesia, students and parents alike quickly learned that Indonesia was the one country in the world with more than 17,000 islands!

With many thanks to the Bear Path Elementary PTA and Mubarra Elahee for the invitation to join the festivities, as well as Principal Scott Trauner. Please see below for images from the evening.


Every year at the end of April, Yale University extends an invitation to all of the graduating high school seniors who have been offered a place in the entering freshman class for the following year.  Bulldog Days gives prospective students the opportunity to stay overnight in the dorms, visit a variety of classes, eat in the dining halls, and survey the broad array of extracurricular clubs and athletic teams that Yale has to offer.  Most importantly, students, faculty, and administration alike offer prospective students a taste of student life in all its aspects.  This year was no exception, with hundreds of students visiting from all over the country and even the world from April 20-22, 2015.

As one of Yale’s 4 Cultural Houses, the Asian American Cultural Center offered prospective students a glimpse into the vitality, variety, and breadth of the cultural activities of student groups from all over Asia.  The AACC organizers invited the International Silat Federation of New Haven to join the festivities, along with the Yale student dancers who have collaborated with us in past semesters…  So, in addition to sampling food from around the Asian region, students also watched mini-performances of spoken word, cultural music, and dances including the Candle & Plate Dance Tari Piring, specifically hailing from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia…

Please see below for some pictures of the event.  More footage of this and other AACC events is always available on the AACC Facebook page

With thanks to Eva Albalghiti for participating and Mohan Yin for providing AACC photographic footage, also available on Facebook





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Hunger Walks in May

Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger

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The CT Food Bank is holding its annual series of “Walks Against Hunger” throughout the state in May. Participants are invited to register, either as individuals or in teams, and to raise pledges for every mile walked.

Greater New Haven’s 39th Annual Walk Against Hunger will be held on Sunday May 17, 2015, starting at the College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park in New Haven.

Register Today!

6th Annual Greater Bridgeport
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Seaside Park, Bridgeport

10th Annual Greater Waterbury
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Library Park, Waterbury

39th Annual Greater New Haven
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 17, 2015
College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park, New Haven

3rd Annual Eastern Connecticut
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Chelsea Parade, Norwich
This event also benefits the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center

Tonight at Yale University, the belly-dance troupe will hold it’s annual “Hips Against Hunger” benefit to raise funds for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven. Details below and on Yale’s Calendar of Events.


Event time:
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Memorial Hall See map
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT

“Celebrating 12 years of Yale Belly Dance with rockin’ hips, spinning skirts, flying veils, twirling canes, we’ve got it all! Special guest performances by CT College Belly Dance, CT Kids and Teens Belly Dance, and more! Enjoy a spectacular show, and support a great cause. Tickets at the door, only $5! Doors open at 7:30 pm. Toddlers and infants free.”