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.