The Next Indonesia Corner

The angklung is a musical instrument made of two to four bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. The angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but it originated in what is now Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries.


In the Hindu period and the Kingdom of Sunda, West Java, angklung plays an important role in some of the rituals of the Sundanese people in everyday life. As intermediaries in rituals, angklung is played to honor Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility, with the hope that the country and their lives can be blessed. At a later date, according to Song of Sunda, this instrument is also used by the Kingdom of Sunda for encouragement in combat situations in Bubat War.



Picture from Deni Andriana