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!
The Co-Op Arts & Humanities High School presents their annual dance concert: Winterfest, on Thursday, December 19, at 6:30 at the historic Shubert Theater. Tickets are available through the Shubert Box Office for $10. Dance students from all four classes at the high school will showcase their growing repertoires.
This year’s concert features the sophomore dance class performing one piece featuring movements of Indonesian dance, reminiscent of both the candle and plate dance “Tari Piring” and the traditional theater-in-the-round “Silat Randai” from the Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
The sophomore class at the New Haven Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School has been learning Indonesian dance movements to add to their growing repertoire. With their newly learned movements, the students are developing their own choreography to showcase to their classmates, teachers, friends and families at the end of the semester. The Co-Op’s annual Winter Fest performance will be held at the historic Shubert Theater this December.
New Haven’s premiere school for the Arts, the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, has invited Bapak Waleed and the ISF into its classrooms to provide beginning instruction to a selected group of dance students in Traditional Indonesian Dance. In addition to learning some basic stepping and movements of Silat, as well as the candle and plate dance, the students are also gaining an appreciation for a new culture, even greeting their teachers in Bahasa each morning for class.
Stay tuned for details on their upcoming performance at the Historic Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven in December… In the meantime, here are a few still images of the students practicing their entrance…
The Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) has recently re-opened after several years of renovation and expansion. Under the leadership of current director Jock Reynolds, the museum has acquired nearly 60,000 additional pieces of artwork since 1998. The renovated YUAG encompasses at least four complete floors of collections, outdoor sculpture gardens, and even crosses over High Street into Street Hall, which previously housed academic classrooms.
In reviews from the New York Times to the Boston Globe, one exhibit in particular stands out as a “must-see” — the Indo-Pacific Art Gallery curated by Ruth Barnes. Even now, about 10 months after the remodeled museum’s opening, the Indo-Pacific Collection remains on the top of the list of the wide variety of excellent collections and exhibits on view for all of the public, free of charge. We encourage all to visit and see for themselves!
See below for more pictures from our recent visit to the YUAG. Several cases of artifacts are dedicated to the Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia, which is comprised of six groups: Toba, Mandaling, Angkola, Pakpak/Dairi, Simalingun, and Karo, all of which share some similiarities in their language and cultural traditions.
Gamelan Dharma Swara returns to Fat Cat Music in Manhattan to celebrate the fall with Balinese music and dance:
Sunday, October 20
7 – 9 p.m.
Fat Cat NYC ~ $3 cover!!
75 Christopher St. at 7th Ave.
The program features an ecletic mix of traditional and new works for and inspired by Balinese gamelan. Selections include the popular welcome dance Gabor, the vibrant kebyar piece Hujan Mas, two recent compositions for gamelan semara dana, and the elegant instrumental Godeg Miring.
On Sunday, October 13, 2013, Yale formally installed the University’s twenty-third President, Peter Salovey, who took office on July 1.
President Salovey takes the reins of one of the world’s leading elite institutions following two decades of leadership by President Richard Levin, who ushered in an era of record growth for both Yale and its ties and service to New Haven.
President Salovey’s welcoming remarks reflect his commitment to Yale’s students, service to its local and global communities, and to embracing the revolutions in teaching and learning in a global, digital age. The weeklong series of events commemorating his inauguration also witnessed the awarding of the Nobel prize to two leading Yale faculty: James Rothman, in Physiology & Medicine, and Robert Shiller, in Economics.
We wish President Salovey a warm welcome, and many mores years of growth and success at the helm of Yale University!