SMU Komunitas Indonesia (SMUKI) has been sharing and promoting Indonesia’s arts and culture with the SMU community since 2004. Each year, it showcases a diversity of dances, songs and music through various campus events, including the annual student-led musical production called Gelar Budaya (GAYA). It welcomes both Indonesians and non-Indonesian student members. The festival ambassador from SMUKI is Ryvenny Putri Witarsa.
When I’m not with SMUKI, you can find me at:
Ryvenny: SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.
I feel instantly reFRESH!ed with a cup of:
Ryvenny: Fruit juice.
The first thing that comes to mind about FRESH! is:
Ryvenny: A sunny day out on a beach.
SMUKI is FRESH! to me because
Ryvenny: SMUKI promotes Indonesian culture to the whole SMU community and make SMU a better home for all of our members. As a proud Indonesian, I want to show the timeless beauty of our culture and find friends that I can count on during my stay in SMU.
Can you tell us more about SMUKI?
Ryvenny: We have an annual musical production, Gelar Budaya (GAYA), that has been successfully executed for the past 10 years. GAYA consists of our traditional "Saman" dance performance that has been performed by SMUKI members in various SMU arts events. SMUKI creates a platform for Indonesians in SMU to create a strong bond with each other. However, it does not necessarily mean that we are an exclusive club because in fact, SMUKI is home for students from other nationalities as well. As such, I hope that our Indonesian members can better welcome and host non-Indonesians who are interested in Indonesian culture to join our SMUKI community.
Tell us what is FRESH! about SMUKI’s participation at SMU Arts Festival 2016
Ryvenny: We will have two portions, the first is Batik printing. Batik printing is using old fashioned wax-resistant dye technique, and you can bring home your own batik creation as a souvenir. The second portion will be our specialty traditional Saman dance. The Saman is known as the dance of “thousand hands”. It is characterised by delicate hand movements and fast paced rhythms, as you can tell from the name! Get ready to experience the excitement together with our dancers. The Batik print and Saman dance are two of Indonesia’s well-loved art forms join us to immerse yourself in our Indonesian traditions, or our “Kultur”!
SMUKI’s “Kultur” will be happening on the 3rd and 4th Sept, 2pm to 5pm at SMU T-Junction.
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