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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!

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.



Indonesian Independence Day Festival

Free and Open to the Public!

Join the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, along with the Saung Budaya dance troupe, Gamelan Kusumu Laras, Nusantara Kreasindo dance group, the International Silat Federation, and other Indonesian cultural and performing groups from around the region on Saturday, August 22, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence.

Organized and hosted by the Consulate (KJRI-NY), “Journey to Indonesia” is the first ever Indonesian street festival to be held in New York City.  The event will take place August 22, 2015, from 12-5pm, outside the Consulate on East 68th Street, between 5th and Madison Avenues.  To highlight the great diversity in Indonesian culture, the afternoon of events will begin with a Journey to Sumatra and Kalimantan, followed by a Journey to Bali and Java, and concluding with a Journey to Sulawesi and Papua.

The full schedule, as well as directions to the event, can be found online at Permias NYC.

Those interested in participating should contact Amalia Suryani, for performances, or Fefe, for the Food and Cultural Items Bazaar.  Click for contact information.

Join us for a day of cultural performances and culinary adventure!!

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia

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On Monday, August 17th, 2015, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Indonesian Independence, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI-NY), the Honorable Bpk. Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra, along with his staff and a few hundred fellow citizens, gathered to participate in a procession and ceremony at KJRI-NY.

From the KJRI-NY event recap:

“Diverse elements of society were present, as a reminder that freedom is obtained with unity and determination to put aside differences. Present on the occasion were representatives from the Indonesian Permanent Mission, Indonesian Banker’s Club, Permias and Indonesian students in New York and surrounding areas, IDN Tri-state, Perwakrin, and other community organizations. With the theme “One determination with Millions of Results: National Movement ‘Let’s Get to Work’ in the 70th Year of Indonesian Independence”, the ceremony encouraged all levels of society to make a positive contribution to the progress of the nation together.”

Upcoming Events at KJRI-NY

Invitation Wayang Kulit

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.