Tragic Story Dyah Pitaloka On Stage in South Korea

Knok Knok 2017

The tragedy of Bubad War that ended in tragic death of Princess Dyah Pitaloka, Princess of Sunda Kingdom, became a grand closing that moved the Auditorium Audience of Kyungsung University, Busan, November 4, 2017. The song Bubui Bulan sung by the Princess before performing Belapati, the death of King Linggabuana's father by jabbing his dagger, inevitably made the audience participate in the veil of deep sorrow, and seemed to share the pain felt by the princess.

"The story is very interesting, I can feel the pain that was pictured. Besides, I also really enjoy the various dances that were performed. Everything was colourful, everything was beautiful. I became more aware that cultures are really diverse, even since ancient time" said Seunghack, one of the South Korean audience who were willing to queue to be on the front row.

The dance drama "Belapati, Ambisi Berbahaya" was initiated by the Indonesian Student Association at Kyungsung University seven months ago. The annual event titled "Knock Knock Indonesia" is the biggest performance of foreign students at Kyungsung university. After a vacuum year in 2016, he added again the event provides educational entertainment to Korean society including university academics and professors where they study. No less than 400 people, including deans and professors of Kyungsung University, took part in the 90-minute event.

For seven full months of students who joined in the process of training beside their studies. A grand presentation consisting of elements of Indonesian traditional drama, dance was present on that night. The story that was extracted from the Pararaton set in history of 1279 Saka was performed by 93 Indonesian students of the Indonesian student association. They were divided into various divisions such as dance divisions, music divisions etc. who scheduled their exercises separately according to their free time.

"Knock, Knock, Indonesia" was first established in 2012. Previously, they held annual performances such as dance and opera, themed with various legends or folklore such as Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih. As the activity was shut down in 2016, this year Knock Knock Indonesia came back with a renewed and refreshed concept of the previous one, that is based on the history of Indonesian archipelago.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to South Korea Umar Hadi who fully supported this activity also affirmed that students are the pioneer of the promotion of Indonesian culture. Alongside their studies, Indonesian students proved to be the main mouthpiece of Indonesian art and culture in South Korea.

The Indonesian Student Association at Kyungsung University consists of 94 students. This figure is the largest number of foreign students from one country in the university. Dr. Taioun Kim, Dean for External Cooperation Affairs professed that Indonesian students are top students at Kyungsung university because of their commitment and dedication to the various courses taken. Therefore, Knock Knock Indonesia gained the full support from the university.

In addition to the purpose entertaining, this kind of activity can bridge the foreign cultural knowledge for the Korean community with other communities who are currently pursuing their education in the university. Evidently, just as the performances in previous years, Knock, Knock, Indonesia was able to gain appreciation and positive response, not only from Indonesian people living in Korea, but also Korean and general society there.


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