EVENT : 100 YEARS ISMAIL MARZUKI

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May 3, 2014 by MsDailyLife

Foreword 

‘Boeng Ajo Boeng’, or Brother, Come on Brother, was the shortest poem written in 1945 by Chairil anwar. The poem carried an important historic value for the foundation of the Republic of Indonesia. It was said that the prominent revolutionary painter, S. Sudjojono, was assigned by Boeng Karno to prepare a revolutionary poster. Later on Sudjojono asked Affandi to carry out the assignment. During the process, Affandi asked Dullah, another revolutionary painter, to play the role as a model. Affandi finished painting Dullah in a short time. In the painting, the figure of Dullah seen holding a weapon (a sharpened bamboo) with a clenched fist. However, the poster needed a spirit burning text. All of a sudden, Affandi met with Chairil anwar, the modern Indonesian poet. Affandi persuaded Chairil Anwar to write a poem as a literary text for his fighting poster he had just completed. That was how Chairil Anwar composed his lovely and memorable poem ‘Boeng Ajo Boeng’. Then the fighting poster circulated throughout the Indonesian territory.

Chairil Anwar passed away on 28 April. For unclear reason, not a single person in this country realize and willing to recall and respect his struggle, whereas Chairil Anwar was reformer in Indonesian literature, particularly in poetry. We all are even involved more in political gossiping on the legislative elections, including our cultural activists and men of letters.

It is appropriate to expect that the Jakarta Arts Centre Taman Ismail Marzuki could stimulate cultural momentum needed and yearned for the nation’s lofty values. The concern of the Centre on various culture and art events will be a decisive factor on how the gait and life of artists and their works.

Hopefully what had been stated by Affandi, Dullah, Chairil Anwar in the year 1945 will be smoldered in the heart of the present generation of the nation. We should be culturally alert.

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Sekapur Sirih

‘Boeng Ajo Boeng’ adalah puisi paling singkat ciptaan Chairil Anwar pada tahun 1945. Puisi ini punya sejarah penting, terutama bagi terbentuknya Republik Indonesia. Dalam kisah, S. Sudjojono, Affandi, mereka dua pelukis pejuang yang hebat itu, diminta oleh Boeng Karno agar membuat poster perjuangan. Ia lalu menunjuk Dullah, yang juga pelukis pejuang, menjadi modelnya. Affandi melukis Dullah dalam tempo yang cepat. Sosok Dullah di gambar memegang senjata (bambu runcing) dan mengepal tinju. Namun masih perlu diimbuh tulisan yang ‘membakar’ semangat. Affandi dengan setengah merajuk meminta agar Chairil Anwar membuat puisi isi literer poster perjuangan yang dibuatnya. Maka terjadilah, Chairil Anwar menciptakan pusinya yang elok itu. ‘Boeng Ajo Boeng’. Dan poster perjuangan itupun menyebar ke seantero wilayah Indonesia.

Pada tanggal 28 April adalah hari wafat Chairil Anwar. Tapi entah kenapa, tak seorangpun di negeri ini sadar dan mengenalnya, hanya untuk menghormati jasa perjuangannya. Padahal Chairil Anwar merupakan pembaharu atas dunia sastra dan perpuisian di Indonesia. Bahkan, kita semua lebih sibuk bergunjing tentang pemilihan umum menentukan wakil-wakil rakyat di tataran legislatif. Termasuk para budayawan dan para sastrawan kita pun (?)

Tentu boleh kita harapkan mendorong terjadinya momen-momen budaya yang kita perlukan dan kita dambakan menjadi nilai-nilai keluhuran bangsa. Kepeduliannya terhadap berbagai event seni budaya akan menjadi titik penentu, bagaimanakah sejatinya kiprah dan kehidupan seniman dan karya-karyanya. Semoga apa yang dinyatakan Affandi, Dullah, Chairil Anwar di tahun 1945, membara di hati bangsa saat ini. Kita memang tidak boleh lengah budaya

THE EVENT :
Date : Wednesday to Wednesday; 7th – 14th May 2014
Time : 10.00 am – 22.00pm
Place : Mini Teater Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jl. Cikini Raya no.73, South Jakarta.

 

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