Indonesian Cultural Performances by Indonesian Language Students in Uzbekistan


Students of the Tashkent State University of World Languages taking Indonesian courses are not only learning about the grammar and vocabulary for the conversational Indonesian, but also the art and culture of Indonesia. This is evidenced by the success of the event “Indonesian Day” organized on February 28, 2013 with the support of Embassy in Tashkent. In the event the Indonesian Embassy displayed photographs about Indonesia and its crafts, arts and culture while Indonesian students prepared traditional Indonesian dishes such as sweet martabak, martabak with eggs along with featuring performances of Indonesian culture such as “Tari piring” dance performance, reading poems by Chairil Anwar both in Indonesian and Uzbek translation by ??Indonesian learning students. The Performance was closed by the appearance of Mamlakat, alumni Darmasiswa who sang “Laksamana Raja di Laut”.


The whole series of events were followed with great enthusiasm by about 300 participants including university administration, staff of the faculties and students. Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Mohamad Asruchin with spouse attended the event accompanied by Tashkent Embassy staff.

Rector of the Tashkent State University of World Languages, Mr.Ismailov Abdulla Abdulkhaevich expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Ambassador and Indonesian Embassy in Tashkent for the efforts that have been made to promote and encourage the ties between Indonesia – Uzbekistan including in social, cultural and educational fields. Particular appreciation was also conveyed for the support of the Indonesian language teaching in the university whinch among others shown by the support for the Indonesian language classroom renovations with funding from the Gunadarma University in Indonesia. Mr. Ismoilov also expressed hopes for improved economic relations, trade and tourism between the two countries which is believed will further enhance interest in learning Indonesian language.

Ambassador Asruchin in his speech expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Tashkent State University of World Languages ??that has been supporting the activity of Indonesian classes since 1996. Furthermore Ambassador Asruchin also informed that the current Indonesian language teaching has been done in more than 40 countries around the world including Uzbekistan in its two higher education institutions – Tashkent State University of World Languages ??and Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Indonesian language students in the past few years continued to increase in various countries along with the increasing stature of Indonesia’s role in politics and the international economy. And it is expected that the teaching Indonesian and general knowledge on Indonesia taught at the university may sow the seeds of friendship among the younger generation of Uzbekistan and become an important capital for improved relations between the two countries in various aspects.