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!

Upcoming Events at KJRI-NY

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Summer 2015

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI-NY) will host several exciting events in the upcoming weeks. First, on Wednesday, July 29, a visiting puppeteer will perform a traditional “wayang” puppet show, accompanied by Indonesian Gamelan.

Wayang often refers to puppets, and also to the theatrical performance of shadow puppetry, which can be found throughout Java and also on the island of Bali.

Picture caption: “Javanese wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance by a famous Indonesian dalang (puppet master) Ki Manteb Sudharsono, is usually a whole night long,” by Gunawan Kartapranata.

Then, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence on August 17, KJRI-NY will host a day long celebration, the “68th Street Indonesian Festival” on Saturday, August 22.

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KJRI-NY is located at 5 East 68th Street in Manhattan.




In recognition of years of community outreach and education in the arts and culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia in general, the Honorable Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp granted a “Proclamation Honoring Leonardo J. Stoute, Bapak Waleed” this June, 2015.  Founder and Director of the International Silat Federation of American & Indonesia, Bapak Waleed has been presenting cultural outreach activities, classes, workshops, lectures, performances, and demonstrations throughout the New Haven area for more than 10 years.  To present the Proclamation, Director of Arts, Culture, and Tourism for the City of New Haven, Andrew Wolf, met with Bapak Waleed in person to congratulate him on his accomplishments.


Text of the Proclamation:


Of the City Of New Haven

JUNE 12, 2015

WHEREAS, Leonardo J. Stoute “Bapak Waleed” is a true “Spiritual Warrior” living in modern times, out of seclusion, to share the wisdoms of reality with all of humanity. Leonardo J. Stoute is more than a Master of the arts of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang; he is a cultural outreach ambassador, natural healer, and esoteric guide and lecturer of Sufi traditions.

WHEREAS, Leonardo J. Stoute “Bapak Waleed” has been honored and recognized by elders and teachers in the birthplace of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, for all of his efforts in preserving and maintaining the traditional and ancient roots of this “Pusaka” gift of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra. Coming from the West, he has humbly earned the faith and trust of the community elders and encouraged and fortified their own efforts in teaching the youth of the next generation.

WHEREAS, Leonardo J. Stoute “Bapak Waleed” brings his spirit of cultural revival and renewal and connection to ancient traditions and cultures wherever he travels; he shares the beauties and wisdom of all he has learned with students, teachers, families, and community leaders alike in and around New Haven, where he teaches and performs, sharing the vibrancy of Indonesian culture with Yale University students, student groups and cultural centers, as well as local students at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, and the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, who otherwise may not have the opportunity for exposure to their peers on the other side of the globe.

WHEREAS, Leonardo J. Stoute “Bapak Waleed” continually encourages youth in this country and region to learn about and connect with their counterparts overseas, not only on personal and cultural levels, but always looking for opportunities for such connections to be mutually beneficial in supporting the needy wherever they are; his own efforts and those of his students have been recognized here in New Haven by the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Himself constantly and consistently giving back to the community, he reaches out and encourages youth to connect and give back to their communities as well.

NOW, THEREFORE, do I, as Mayor of the City of New Haven, in recognition of Leonardo J. Stoute “Bapak Waleed” for all of his dedication and contributions to the New Haven community, I here proclaim:

Dated at New Haven, Connecticut, this 12th day of June 2015
Toni N. Harp, Mayor

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2015-mainIn its 20th year, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas swings into full bloom this Friday, June 12, for 15 days of music, dance, arts, culture, and colorful fun activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout New Haven. This years highlights include GRAMMY-winning Angélique Kidjo and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, each performing concerts on the New Haven Green. The full calendar of events is available online.


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

Audubon_Arts_umbrellaThe Neighborhood Music School, long a fixture in the Audubon Arts District in New Haven, has recently named Dan Gurvich as their new Executive Director. As announced by the Board of Directors:

“Dan is an experienced non-profit leader and administrator with a history of remarkable achievements,” said Board Chair Marc Rubenstein. “With his experience and background, Dan will be able to build on the school’s legacy of innovation and outreach. We are confident that Dan will be an exceptional leader for Neighborhood Music School in the years ahead and will continue the school’s extraordinary mission and momentum.” [from the NMS press release]

With summer programs including Audubon Arts, Weeklong Music Intensives, and Ensembles, in addition to year-long opportunities for private and group lessons in music, dance and drama, NMS is one of the 10 largest community arts schools in the country, and is celebrating more than 100 years as a vibrant community organization.