Sundanese cultural groups are vanishing.
In Bandung, West Java, the Department of Culture and Tourism has recorded that from the sixty Sundanese art, poetry, and music groups that were at some point registered with it only twenty continue to exist.
Mukhlis Paeni of the department worries for the future of Sundanese culture:
The number of people now that have specialist knowledge is not more than 200. It's a race against time to enable the transfer of their knowledge to others.
(Saat ini, jumlah maestro yang punya keahlian spesifik di seluruh nusantara tidak lebih dari 200 orang. Nah, saat ini kita tengah berlomba dengan waktu bagaimana caranya supaya mereka bisa segera mentransfer ilmunya.)
He said a proposal was to be put to the parliament which would see a stipend of 1 million rupiah a month paid to those who are expert in the art forms of Sunda, to ensure they have a reason to continue practising it and teaching it to others.
Eh I wonder if Sundanese is still included in the curriculum.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sundanese (Basa Sunda, literally “language of Sunda”) is the language of about 27 million people from the western third of Java or about 15% of the Indonesian population.
It is classified in within the Austronesian – Malayo-Polynesian – Western Malayo-Polynesian – Sundic language family and has several dialects based on the locations of the people:
Priangan, which cover the most area of Sunda, is the main dialect of Sundanese language taught in elementary till junior-high schools (equivalent to ninth-year school grade).
I am proud as one of 27 millions Sundanese speaking.
I’m an active sundanese user, whenever applicable. My wife is a javanese, my son speaks Indonesian. I speak in english with my boss, vietnamese with staff and colleague.
As foreigner in Vietnam, I get used to listen different languages on daily basis. It starts to sound more interesting to me. I just realize how rich we are in language diversity.
Have a try with online Indonesian-Sundanese translation. Still beta though. (http://tarjamah.sabilulungan.org)
I love the Sundanese music I have heard. Idjah Hadidjah is amazing.
Does anyone know how I can find a translation of the following song text?
Nu geulis nyi arum Bandung
Hayang midang, rek mintonkeun kaendahan
Anu geulisa rek ngaluis
Tapi lain ngaluis terus ngaleos,
Rek mintonkeun nugeulis bawa ngajadi
Hayang tembong pogot melong
Ulah tembong rong pirewong
Arum Bandung, geulisna estu kawangi
Kawentar kamana mendi
nyi Arum bandung nu urang
hayang midang teuteupeun nu kumelendang
lain reueus, kanu geulis nyai Arum
tapi geuguet nu geulis sabardarana
hayu atuh nyi arum Bandung nu urang
urang pada ngamumule
keur geulis matak kayungyun
kiwari keur nganti-nganti
hayang midang sabihari
I’m sundanese but some how it’s difficult for me to speak basa sunda lemes … ;((
sampuh rasun….punten…adbi teh bukan ureng sunda,tapi sangat tertarik pada bahasa sunda,hmmm indah dan lembut,saya mrasakan satu bahasa yg indah,saya mengenali bahasa sunda sejak kenal isteri saya org asli sunda,yg masih tegoh dgn adat sunda…tapi kenapa ada yg malu akui bahsa sendiri..bila hidup d luar negeri..ngomong mcm org bule…hehehehe tapi loghat jawa…sayangi lah bahasa sdiri…saya org melayu..asli…makasih punten….
I’m Sundanese and real proud of my Sundanese accent , gosh even all my Colleagues call me Nyi Iteung coz of this, still as Marketing Communication Manger its really entertaining while i spoke on my presentation as they always catch my Sundanese “PH” rather than “FFF”..LOL..stil I love being one of Sundanese in this Paradise Island and its okay The call me ..Ini Teh Susu..as a sundanese its our previlege as famous Beauty from Paris van Java…
Sure, I like Sundanese culture very much because it’s alot of kindness value
aduh pokona mah matak tibelat weh
Upami diperhatikeun kalayan daria, seueur pisan ajen inajen dina budaya Sunda anu diwariskeun ku karuhun urang baheula, hanjakalna, urang Sunda sorangan jiga embungeun make , leuwih resep kana produk ti bangsa deungeun (Barat)…deudeuh teuing !!!