The Journey to Jogja by Dilla

Inspirasi Kediri Bertutur


This writing is one of the selected essays done by undergraduate students of “Consumer Analysis” from University of Indonesia, the faculty of social and political sciences, communication program of advertising international class 2013.

The humble beginnings of Kediri Bertutur originated from a cultural journey: “I am fully aware that to reach quality of life does not mean gaining a higher level of status and wealth. In my journey, I am seeking quality of life based on spiritual humanism that moves my very being on this earth. This lesson I can only gain from a cultural journey,” Kandi Windoe.

Inspired by the same spirit, Kediri Bertutur takes the undergraduate students on their own cultural journeys. Kediri Bertutur presents Alida Rahmalia Awaluddin personal writing after taking the journey to Jogja in November 2014.


One will always be mesmerized by culture and all it’s diversity of a city or even a country. That’s how I feel last 2 weeks went I explored Jogja and all its uniqueness.

Indeed we went to Jogja but we also discovered Solo, Magelang, Bantul, and also Kulonprogo which are places that are of some distance away from Jogja itself. Surprisingly, behind all of these small areas and places lies the people that will inspire you for the rest of your life. In fact, you never met these kind of people before, which makes the journey even interesting.

Moreover, there are too much reflection, contemplation, and pondering when I was in Jogja. It all felt like my brain was being surrounded by all things that are exquisite which in fact are too intense. Thus, I carried a notebook everywhere so if there are any thoughts that happened during the activity, I could not forget and write it down immediately.

With its variety of culture, we approached different things like from music, dance, art ceramics, arts, and the background of the culture too. Along the way during the trip, it’s just like collecting a unique stone. Each stop has it’s own exclusive thing that you will encounter.

First, of all the journey brought us to Solo. Where we met Plenthe Percussion. These people are the ones who are keep practicing and learning to achieve a great achievement. They achieve it but by appreciating the culture. Which is very inspiring and it’s all a conversation worthy, talking with them. It was from this stop that I learned that people who think that by simply “mabok” “pake obat” (those phrases which are often used in Indonesia) are one of the ways to gain inspiration is such a BIG NO NO. “It’s a misleading perception” they said, and I could really agree to what they’re saying. Which in fact it’s very true.

When you put all your heart and mind through your passion, everything goes well. This group of percussion is very inspiring and inspiring others is a job well done, and the way they played the instruments is indeed magical and I believe that great executions has a great process behind it too. They also showed a video of them performing which if I were too witness the performance live, I could feel goosebumps right at that moment. They had a great process behind it and they should be proud of it, but unfortunately the government until now didn’t pay attention to every detail of our culture. They should really take a look at this percussion group, because it’s spectacularly astounding in various ways because great executions should be rewarded, respected, and maintain its greatness.

Helping people sincerely is a kind-hearted job and thus those people are the ones that we should respect to. That’s how I saw Abdi Dalem that we met in Kraton Ngayograkarta Hadiningrat. At first, we had a hard time to start to conversation perhaps because the atmosphere tend to be so stiff. But nevertheless, we had a great conversation with them and we found out several things. In fact, they’re also the same just like us. They went to Jakarta and outside the Keraton, their attire won’t be as symbolic as their Abdi Dalem attire because they eventually know how to blend themselves with the surroundings. They know what it’s like to be us citizens of the city, but they also know their job which is to serve and help the Sultan in the Keraton.

Kindness doesn’t really cost a thing for them, because they do not ask something in return. It is the new way of being extraordinary, and I see them as one of the people that I should look up to.

Another thing that is captivating is the words that Bu Tia had said to us in Pendopo nDalem Pujokusuman, she is the dancer, teacher, and manager of Sanggar Pamulangan Beksa Sasmita Mardawa which is located in Jogjakarta, the city itself.

I googled her name and found out a web that showed a schedule to have an “Art talk” with Ibu Siti Sutiyah. No wonder, because talking with her is very engaging yet pleasing. She really did amused us and honestly, she’s a really good person and I’m very fond of her. She told us her experienced outside Jogja, where she had performed before, and shockingly she had gone through many different continents! And also by searching her name on google, “Oleh karena pendidikan dan profesinya,Bu Tiyah sering ikut dalam misi kesenian di Eropa Barat (1971),penari pada Hongkong Art Festival(1973), pengajar di UCLA,USA(1973 dan 1986), mengajar di Malaysia (1984), Oficial Misi Kesenian YPBSM ke Brazillia (1993), dan terakhir di Festival Okinawa University(1998).”

She’s very awe-inspiring and she also stated that dancing is a part of her life already. She has been dancing only for 56 years until now is not enough for her. The culture appreciation in Indonesia is still low because she had undergo an experience where dancing is much more appreciated when she went abroad. Sad to know that, because I knew what she meant. I’ve been to a cultural mission and other countries would appreciate our culture, but in our country? The awareness is still low. I believe from now on preserving our culture is important, the conversation of Ibu Tia leads me to go for another cultural mission and learn traditional dance like I used to.

Who would’ve known in Magelang that there are those talented graphic designers that are into on making logos and got paid in USD? As a design enthusiast, I was really happy to ind out that these people actually exists, Desainer ing Kampung in Desa Salaman. And the designs are in fact are beautifully designed logos which needs effort on making it. A farmer can design these logos, why couldn’t I do it as well? That’s the only thing that popped into my mind when I listened to the seminar.

People in the city have access to lots facilities that they could use, but the ones who live in “the desa” are lacking these facilities are in fact the ones that are more creative and more developed! That’s really one of the reason why people in the village show a great capability and potential. It’s great to know that because we need these kind of people in the near future as well as to enrich them with more facilities because they need it. Unlike us, we have but we rarely use it.

Learning from this desainer ing kampung, I learned that you need to maximize your potential, be creative as much as possible. As a designer, the job is not only by looking at the laptop’s screen but indeed you need to go out and seek some experience and inspirations. The more you explore, the more you learn something. A unique insight: you can build and make designs from Indonesian culture and archipelago, I also found out from a website that. Barong Bali menghiasi item tempur di game Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare It is said that the Barong that is from Bali was designed as a part of the game. Unique inheritance of our culture could amazingly be apply to anywhere! especially in design world, another one that I bought from dia.lo.gue gallery is a typography based on Indonesian calligraphy. Representing our culture in a cool way. I would like to design something about Indonesia someday, this seminar got me thinking to design a lot of more and be creative as much as possible too without thinking of the boundaries.

Located far away in Kulonprogo lies a sanggar tari which consists of little girls and big girls. That’s where I had a chit-chat with the girls of Sanggar Tari Sripanglaras. That’s the only sanggar tari in Kulonprogo. These girls enjoy dancing very much and they’re into it so much. They give a total performance every time they’re performing. A funny conversation caught my mind until now when Tiara (one of the girls) She’s only 5 years old said to me:

“Kalau dirumah aku biasanya main masak-masakan atau petak umpet sama temen-temenku yang tetanggaku juga. Kalo main iPad atau Laptop gangerti, takut rusak. Mainnya kalo udah gede aja.”

Funny, I thought, because in Jakarta that’s the exact opposite of what children are doing now. They get so in touch with gadgets and use it to play game. Sadly, no one remembers the fun of playing “petak umpet” or “masak-masakan” anymore. When I was small, my parents used to give me watercolor paintings because I like to paint so much. That’s really a nice way to treat the kids and with that they feel more playful rather than just to stick with gadgets. The girls are also into dancing so much, even though they’re little, they have their passion already and hoping to stick to it until the future. Thus, unlike now, people are still confused on what they’re going to do with their future, no longer know their passion. Since that, I know that passion are being practiced since you’re small. You grow with it until now.

Lastly, our stop was in Bantul and we visited Gerabah Kasongan. Bantul is the right place when you’re exploring for ceramics, art materials, and such. After eating all of us went straight on making the ceramic, I bet my lecturer, Mba Kandi was surprised of our behavior at that time because we’re so into the process of making the ceramic. Forgetting all the rest and immediately drowning ourselves into the process. It is very fun because we find it rare in the city to make this kind of ceramic unless you join a workshop. Sometimes, you need to get away from all “globalization” stuffs and be in touch again with the simplest from of nature all over again. Just like this, being up close and personal with clay.

Preserve, preserve, and preserve. It is your right and your job to make a safe place of your cultures. Know your cultures rights and do everything to maintain its magnificence. You might not know what will happen next if you promote our culture to foreigners or outsiders. It is very exclusive, rare, and uncommon and I believe that non-Indonesians will have their jaws dropped just because of it. Even Indonesians themselves are still blown away by all the diversity we have.

Overall, the trip is magnificent and I have gained so much from it. I’ve been to Jogja several times but this city always calls me back again and again. I’m not satisfied with what I’ve done in the city because I know there are so much more to explore. I would someday come back again to take photographs of the city and go to places I’ve never been before. Jogjakarta is indeed mind-blowing. Not to mention the culinary food as well. Because in your days, right now, spend your money on things that will enrich your life, not items that provide you with a sense of satisfaction and it’s that time where a period of metamorphosis, when we shed our youthful naïveté and begin to shape the world around us from what we’ve learned. So learn as much as possible, as you can. The more you learn, the more you earn.

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