Angklung, this Sundanese original musical instrument is one of the cultural heritages that must be preserved. Coming from Kuningan Regency, this musical instrument made of bamboo has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of Indonesia.
If don’t know, then don’t love. In order to love this very valuable inheritance, let's get to know angklung deeper. Many unique facts that you may not know about this instrument so far, and everything will be discussed here.
There is no definite record of when exactly angklung was created. But history records that in the 12th century, this instrument had begun to be used, that is, during the Sunda Kingdom.
This instrument is believed to be the caller of Dewi Sri to provide fertility for agricultural land. Usually, angklung is made of black bamboo and bamboo ater with various types of sizes that produce different music.
After that, angklung developed into several types. One of them is the tone of angklung music by Daeng Sutigna, a resident of Citangtu, Kuningan who was the first person to create diatonic angklung music tones. Because Daeng Sutigna also, angklung can play various types of music, both traditional and modern.
Because Daeng Sutigna also, Kuningan Regency now calls itself Angklung Regency and has been established since 2010.
Not only one, but there are several types of angklung. Starting from Kanekes angklung played by the Baduy community, Reyog Angklung played in Ponorogo Banyuwangi Angklung, Bali Angklung, Dogdog Lojor Angklung, Gubrak Angklung played by the people of Bogor, Badeng Angklung played by the people of Garut, Buncis Angklung played by the people of Bandung, Padaeng Angklung which is typical of Kuningan, Toel Angklung, Sri Murni Angklung and Sarinade Angklung which have a round tone.
How to Play Angklung
Different from angklung, the distinctive sound is also different. Likewise with the technique of playing it, driven in a different way, the tone will be different.
The most widely used technique for playing angklung is Karulung, which is to shake it to the left and right. The second way is to check, aka jerk it. And the Tangkep technique, which is similar to Karulung, but there is one tube that is held in order not to vibrate.
Kuningan Angklung Festival
There are many angklung festivals that have been held in West Java and Banten, as well as several other areas. But what will soon be held is the Kuningan Angklung Festival, which will be held on August 17, 2018.
Kuningan has repeatedly held angklung festivals and is always crowded with visitors. Not only from Kuningan area itself, but also from other regions who want to see firsthand the grand event of this traditional musical instrument.
Interested in witnessing this annual festival? You can go to Kuningan by train. The easiest way is to buy Indonesian train tickets to Cirebon. From here, then you can continue the trip by mini bus or elf to Kuningan.
Usually, when the angklung festival season arrives, Indonesian train tickets to Cirebon are always sold out. Therefore, you should prepare yourself for a long time so you don't run out. And be sure to buy at Traveloka which is already known as a trusted Indonesian train ticket agent.Compared to other lines, the train to Cirebon and then on to Kuningan is the fastest and most affordable transportation option. With a limited budget, you can enjoy the thrill of the angklung festival in Kuningan and all the way to other places that are not less interesting in this area.