Thursday, December 18, 2008

UPI Students and Faculty Members Plan to Break The Indonesian Record of The Most Numerous Saman Dancers



These students of the Faculty of Language and Art Education of the Indonesia University of Education (UPI), Bandung, were gathering at the university's sports complex today to practice and rehearse for what is planned to be Indonesia's record breaking number of dancers performing Tari Saman (Saman Dance).

The current record was made on June 8 this year at the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Indonesia's national awakening at Gelora Bung Karno (Soekarno Sports Complex and Stadium) in Jakarta. 600 people performed the dance then. This time The Faculty of Language and Arts Education of UPI is trying to break that record by involving 700 of its students and faculty members to perform the dance.

Saman Dance is originally from the Indonesian province of Nangroe Aceh Darussalam (Aceh) in the northern tip of Sumatra Island. It is a very dynamic group dance with highly sinchronized choreography.

To see in motion what the rehearsal was like, please check this 30 second YouTube video streaming from Bandung Daily Photo's new sister, Bandung Daily Video.

7 comments:

Mahmud Yussop said...

I like your new video addition.Probably I'll have one in future.Salam.

melanie said...

Merci pour la vidéo : c'est ce qui m'a permis de comprendre la nature de cette danse.

Impressionnant !

Layrayski said...

That's a number of students (dancers). Wow, I'm impressed at the Daily City Video. I don't think I have dedication to start another daily video on top of my daily photo. Good luck!

Virginia said...

Impressive Eki. I love seeing your wonderful city and the residents and what all you do there. I read about our new President Elect Obama's life in Indonesia. Yes indeed we do all share in his amazing journey to the presidency. We can all be proud, yes??
V

PS rest assured Birmingham Daily Photo won't have a video blog. I can't even work a video cam much less post a video. Yikes!!!!

b.c. said...

i liked the video, thanks for sharing it--i like your black and white street shots too, very nice to look at

ramblingwoods said...

Interesting...700 hundred of you. It's nice that everyone is willing to participate and thank you for including the video clip. Here they would have to wear snow shoes..LOL..

Rissa Ramadhani F said...

what a wonderful moment!

saya ikut tari Saman juga pak, mungkin sulit karena saya baru pertama kali menarikan tarian khas Aceh itu, tetapi saya benar-benar merasa bangga. kurang lebih 930 mahasiswa yang ikut serta pun pasti merasakan demikian.

terima kasih untuk foto dan videonya.