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G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono [ Arts and Culture Prize 2012 ]

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Arts and Culture Prize 2012 [23rd]
G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono
Court Dancer [ Director of the Foundation Cultural Education Kraton Surakarta, Chief of Sasana Wilapa Kraton Surakarta ]
Indonesia / Dance
Born November 1, 1960 (aged 51)

G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah Paku Buwono is the heir to a tradition of court dance which has been handed down from generation to generation in the Mataram Sultanate in the central Java. Based on her thorough learning of Javanese culture which began in her childhood, she has introduced the 300 year-old traditional court dance across the world. She has also continued to take steps to preserve and develop central Javanese traditional culture while performing as an internationally acclaimed dancer.

* At the time of receipt of the Prize.
Award Citation

G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah Paku Buwono is the heir to a tradition of court dance which has continued for 300 years in the royal house of Mataram in central Java. Having had a thorough education in Javanese culture since her childhood, she has striven to introduce traditional court dance widely while supporting the preservation and advancement of central Javanese traditional culture. She has also gained a high reputation internationally as a dancer.

The division of the Mataram Sultanate in Java into two sultanates, Surakarta in Solo and Yogyakarta, was a key stage in its decline. Today Mataram faces the challenges of modernization and globalization, along with other difficult problems, but G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah has continued to protect traditional culture, including gamelan music, dance, shadow-play and religious rites, and has made efforts to hand these over to the next generation.

G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah, now a representative of central Javanese culture, was born a princess in the Karaton Surakarta in 1960. When she was a child, she began to learn the court dances, which had been handed down from generation to generation in the Javanese court, as the prerogative of royalty. Her talent was recognized early on. During her upbringing as a member of the royal family, she became deeply concerned to ensure the continuation of traditional culture while society and economy were modernized. In 1982, she started to study Javanese literature at Sebelas Maret State University, further deepening her knowledge about the culture of Java.

She recorded and made commercially available a CD of Srimpi Sangapati, a previously esoteric gamelan music piece which had been handed down from generation to generation in the Javanese court, so that central Javanese court culture could continue and its significance could be understood by society. She was also much involved in public performances of Javanese court dances and full-scale gamelan concerts not only in Java but also in Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S. Through such efforts, there has been a wider understanding and greater appreciation of Javanese court music both home and abroad. Her achievement has been to gain the same sort of international recognition for Javanese traditional culture as had previously been the preserve of Balinese dance.

Besides these activities, as a member of Indonesian People’ s Consultative Assembly, she has played an important role in cultural administration, including the conservation of traditional culture. Having recognized her achievements and efforts, the Sultan of Surakarta appointed her as a general supervisor for the preservation and promotion of court dance.

As an outstanding dancer and also a key figure in the preservation and development of traditional Javanese culture through her work in training successors, G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah Paku Buwono is truly worthy of the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.

With her family in her childhood, 1964.
With her family in her childhood, 1964.
Ramayana performance for 66th year celebration of Surakarta Kingdom. (third from the left, 2011)
Ramayana performance for 66th year celebration of Surakarta Kingdom. (third from the left, 2011)
With her family, 2012.
With her family, 2012.

Introduction of Public Lecture by G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono

Title
Javanese Court Dance and Gamelan Music: From Source of Tradition to the World
Date
Saturday, September 15 (13:30-15:30)
Venue
ACROS FUKUOKA
MC / Interviewer
TAMURA Fumiko (Associate Professor of Chikushi Jogakuen University)

Public Lecture by Ms. G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono was held in ACROS FUKUOKA  in 15 September, and she introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

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