Indonesian Angklung & Rampak Kendang Cheer up the Diplomatic Spouses Charity Dinner 2014


??Indonesian Embassy in Beirut and the cultural team of the UNIFIL’s Indonesian Battalion (Indobatt) again enliven the Lebanese and foreign diplomatic missions through Rampak Kendang Angklung & Cultural Show at fundraising dinner held of the Diplomatic Spouses Association of Lebanon Charity Dinner 2014 at Hotel Movenpick, Raouche, Beirut.

Charity dinner event was opened by the President of DSAL Ny. Supiyati Dimas and attended by officials and members of the association, the Indonesian Ambassador, Chinese Ambassador, Cyprus Ambassador, Iraq Ambassador, Japanese Ambassador, Nigerian Ambassador, Norwegian Ambassador, the Dutch Ambassador, Romanian Ambassador, Czech Ambassador, Bangladesh Ambassador, some diplomatic corps, Indobatt Commander Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Maychel Asmi, diplomats of the Indonesian Embassy and its local counterparts, and other invited guests (charity donors) who came from the local Lebanese (including NGOs, artists, businessmen, politicians) up to + 250 people.


On the sidelines of the dinner the Indobatt’s cultural team showed a collaborative angklung-rampak drums that accompany the singing of western pop songs (Give Me A Reason and I Will Survive). The appearance was presented by 22 people angklung players and 5 players rampak drums. In addition to the musical performance, Indobatt cultural team also featured a traditional mask dance of Bali.


Angklung-drums rampak performance was preceded by an introductory session about angklung and rampak drums to the audience of foreign and local guests Lebanon, including the origin of angklung, made ??of materials and how to play it.


The joy of the foreign guests could be seen from their positive gesture who enjoyed the western pop songs delivered with a unique strains of angklung-rampak drums. Some the foreign ambassadors were carried away with the performance by dancing in front of the stage following the rythms of angklung-rampak drums.


The local Lebanese guests can also enjoyed the show because the sound and rythms of angklung-rampak match the tastes of the local culture, which is fast, carefree, bells and whistles.


At the end of the show, the foreign guests are very appreciated by the Indoensian culture performance of angklung performance-rampak drums, especially when they realized that the players was not a professional player, but a soldiers.


Like the previous event in which involves the Indobatt’s cultural teamtheir participation in the charity dinner was meant to show their contribution for strengthening the positive image of Indonesia in the eye of the Lebanese. What the Indobatt was doing also helped in the creation of people to people contact intensely through cultural ways with other Lebanese communities outside their area of operation on South Lebanon. It also shows that the Indonesian Garuda Contingent in UNIFIL is not only limits their duty in maintaining security and stability of Lebanon through a military operation but also can perform friendly relations with the locals within the framework of CIMIC as one of the task in UNIFIL.?

Source : Embassy of Indonesia_PR Section