Sabtu, Oktober 31, 2009

Eksploring Rawa Pening In Tuntang

Eksploring Rawa Pening In Tuntang

"The train took us to the vast rice fields to Kedong Djati Station where there are bars and a replacement station to Ambarawa, climbed mountains. In Ambarawa was" Hotels on Top "is much better than" Hotel Bawa ". In the afternoon when the weather the cool, how comfortable driving around the city through the Fort William I. Then enjoy the beauty Toentang Waterfall, the train, heading Toentang Station. From Ambarawa we can also toward Magelang across three mountain scenery, Merbaboe, Telomojo, and Oengaran. "
Thus the picture of the beautiful scenery around the island of Java in the early 20th century, in 1900, which can be seen through the train. If viewed as a whole, actually writing the above is part of such a guidebook from direct experience of the writer who has to explore Indonesia.

Through a book entitled Guide Netherlands India, compiled by order of the Paketvaart Koninklijke Maatschappij (Royal Packet Company) (1903) was written by JF van Bemmelen and GB Hooijer. This book originally written in Dutch, but later translated into English.

Tuntang, located between Ambarawa and Salatiga, not only popular with the old station and waterfalls but also a lake that reminds of childhood we are about the legend of the boy who pulled a stick. Sticks were stuck into the ground and when the boy had pulled the magic stick that the whole land turned into a lake which later was named Rawa Pening.

Station remains Naamlooze Venootschap Spoorweg Nederlandsch Indische Maatschappij (NV NISM) was now no longer in operation. Any path through which the dead. Now a stop at this station was lorry tour of Ambarawa-Tuntang and vice versa. The station is located on the railway line which is also old, Bringin-Kedungjati-Tuntang-Ambarawa-Cashew-Bedono. Initially this path connects via Semarang-Solo Gundih stations and trains lines connect to Magelang that also not operate.

Until now, the beauty panorama on path-Tuntang Ambarawa still preserved as told Bemmelen and Hooijer century ago. Similarly, the scenery of coffee and rubber plantations is now made Agro Tlogo. From plantation heritage Maatscappij Tlogo Amsterdam in 1856, not only the lake that lies Rawa Pening but also the panorama of Mount Merbabu, Merapi, and Ungaran Telomoyo. From Bedono, Sejong coffee plantations are also promising sensation that is not less beautiful.

There is a plan of PT Kereta Api (KA) to revive the dead line for the purposes of transportation and tourism memories lane. If that happens, of course challenges both for PT KA and the tourism and accommodation providers to further increase the potential and their services.

Selasa, Oktober 27, 2009

Even South Batavia Station 80 Years

Even South Batavia Station 80 Years

Frans Johan Louwrens IR (FJL) Ghijsels had not been there. But we can still trace the works of the architect. Ghijsels works were still standing on the ground the former Batavia. It may be that every day we are based there, or at least through the buildings from the early 20th century it was. In Kalibesar, Dutch-born child Tulung Agung, East Java, was incised by the Office of John Peet & Co. who is now a PT Toshiba and office buildings Maintz & Co. who now PT Samudera Indonesia.

Powder Road, where the now closed tin fence and seemed to be left unused, you can have a peek inside the magnificent building. It is the former building Wehry & Co. Geo. Other buildings which may be more popular is Pelni Petamburan Hospital, Central Jakarta, which was once the Hospital KPM (Koninklijke Maatschappij Paketvaart). Another KPM Building at Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, now the Office of the Department of Sea Transportation, Meester Cornelis Catholic Church (St. Joseph Catholic Church in Matraman), and Paul's Protestant Church in Menteng.

Ghijsels did not work alone. He joined in Algemeen Algemeen Ingenieur Ingenieur Architectenbureau or Architecten (AIA) - a public agency of civil and architecture founded in 1916. Three masters of this firm, other than Ghijsels, Ir Hein von Essen, and Ir F Stlitz. Prior to this firm stand, and Essen Ghijsels worked as a technical advisor to the government while the F Stlitz as an entrepreneur building. At the request of the bureau service users AIA, the firm is not only designed buildings, but also act as a contractor.

With so many buildings are designed, there is a Art Deco style buildings are considered very important in the journey Indisch style architecture, so it is written in the book FJL Ghijsels: Architect in Indonesia. The building was none other than Station South Batavia (Batavia Noord) or what is known as Jakarta Kota Railway Station and is often called Beos Station.

On October 8 last, exactly 80 years ago, this station was inaugurated. This station replaces the old station, Batavia Noord, which is no longer in operation since 1923. In 1926, along with AIA Ghijsels started designing the building. And right on October 8, 1929, a salvation held for the safety of the new station. Javabode Newspaper October 17, 1929 edition wrote, "South Batavia Station is a station that is very impressive and is the most beautiful stations in the east."

In front of this station, first, broad lawns stretching once called Stationsplein. Now the existence of the field was very narrow and increasingly less as a final stop TransJakarta. Way around the field, until now, was named Road Field Station (Stationsplein). Architect in the book as well as Indonesia's answer to the question of age at the monument in the middle of the park and Beos Station some time ago got out of his position. The book is clearly mentioned, on the safety of October 8, 1929, train employees to bury the two heads of buffalo, which is one of Stationsplein between the hours and the main entrance, and one in back of the new building.

Minggu, Oktober 04, 2009

Classical is Beautiful

Classical is Beautiful

Love is a double-edged sensation. He makes life beautiful, but it can also turn it into a tragedy. This theme is expressed by the organizers to dance through Aloysia Neneng Yuniati tarinya with her work, "Jati Kumandang", which was held at the Arena Theater in Central Java Cultural Park, Solo, Wednesday (30 / 9) night.

The theme of tragic love is reflected through the romance between Dewabrata and Amba. Puppet seemed able to articulate the human drama that is always repeated, because it always makes people falling in love.

The story of Dewabrata, knights of the kingdom of Astina, who managed to conquer the hearts of the Kingdom of Amba Kasipura, may only be a bitter romance narrative and classic. However, Neneng (27), with her cleverly lifted this repertoire in the form of dance bedhaya working.

Bedhaya is a genre of dance that spelled out "sacred", that should not be called a classic, which in the past could only be performed within the walls of the palace. Bedhaya dance in general as a means of meditation for the audience. The move is slow motion playing; accompaniment consists of the greatness song”Tembang Gedhe”.

Javanese sacred atmosphere intentionally built in crowded performances this audience. The whole wall covered in black cloth, while the stage floor littered with strips of pandanus leaves, fragrant smell of incense floated along on stage. No doubt, the concept of the show that "multimedia" This was a unique and special.

With the concept of working bedhaya dance, repertoire "Teak resonance" appears not as a coherent narrative and realist, but very subtle. This repertoire performed in bedhaya format, which relies on the seven female dancers dressed in the same; jamang serimpi, kemban merah, and purple cloth jarit. They carried bows as property, as well as keris tucked in the front waist.

With only seven female dancers that, Neneng "story" about the play of love Dewabrata-Amba. Neneng which serves as the main dancer Dewabrata and Dewi Amba are played by other dancers. Take the form langenswara, speech delivered by wiraswara story or singer. Once any form of dialogue sung by the dancers, either a nor shared.


The tragedy begins when Dewabrata won the competition and bringing entitled Amba. However, Dewabrata refused to marry because the vow of celibacy that made Amba hurt and disappointed. At the top of strife between them, Amba stabbed dead by Dewabrata keris.

Amba spirits condemned Dewabrata and promised to meet the lover later in the War Senapati Bharatayuda through a woman senopati. Dewabrata who later became Bhishma, elder of the Pandavas, eventually had died at the hands of Srikandi, the wife of Arjuna. Narrated, Bhishma submitted only when the thousands of arrows raining Amba herself because she knew would get him.

The entire drama, from scene to scene, arranged through working on the actual dance bedhaya quite strict in its raw pattern. The slow motion of movement is stayed up, so did the composition and the floor pattern. Whether describing scenes of love and the scene "war" was-once again rely only seven dancers, did not give the impression vulgar or loud, but still subtle.

"In this claim, my concept combines three elements, namely dance bedhaya or rather bedhayan, langenswara, and narrative puppet," said Neneng, a graduate of STSI Solo (2005) and was grow up as a dancer at the Palace Mangkunegaran.

Performance "Jati Kumandang" was special because it managed to take advantage, or more precisely to revitalize, the power of classical dance. Retno Maruti dance stylist ever worked on "Abhimanyu Gugur" (1976-2002) with a similar concept. In a repertoire, Maruti bedhaya featuring two rafts, each of which consists of nine dancers.

The success of "Jati Kumandang", are supported by the dancers who have average prime capability, in addition to sing ability, given that ability is rare now. Also support gising stylist Lukas Danasmara, which claim up with some bedhayan gising updates, among them include elements that diatonic music can not be ignored.
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