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Isma Savitri





  • Crowd Fundings for Electricity
    Outreach

    Crowd Fundings for Electricity

    The Pelita Khatulistiwa movement opted for crowdfunding to supply a community health center in Lindu, Central Sulawesi, with solar-powered electricity. The movement has spread its wings to another region.

  • Batik’s Influence in Toraja
    Outreach

    Batik’s Influence in Toraja

    Several studies have found Toraja in South Sulawesi to be another home to batik.

  • Monochromatic Lempad: From Sutasoma to Kekayi In Copulation
    Interlude

    Monochromatic Lempad: From Sutasoma to Kekayi In Copulation

    AN exhibition of works by the late I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is currently on at the Salihara Gallery, South Jakarta. Lempad’s pictures are wide-ranging, with inspiration from mythology, folklore, ancient Balinese script, and the daily life of humble Balinese folk. Lempad’s interpretation of life was singularly unique.

  • Indonesia’s Diplomacy and the Paintings of Mohammad Toha
    Interlude

    Indonesia’s Diplomacy and the Paintings of Mohammad Toha

    THE directorate of culture at the ministry of education and culture launched a new book titled Art & Diplomacy on August 17. The book contains rare pictures from the independence movement taken by photographers under IPPHOS—the nation’s very first photojournalism news agency—and posters, caricatures and cartoons created by artists of the day.

  • Rich Brian, from YouTube to Billboard
    Arts

    Rich Brian, from YouTube to Billboard

    International rap artist Rich Brian had a homecoming. He was welcomed like a hero at his first stage appearance in Jakarta at the 2019 Spotify On Stage event.

  • Kiai Naga Siluman Dagger Cuts on Both Sides
    Interlude

    Kiai Naga Siluman Dagger Cuts on Both Sides

    THE keris (dagger or kris) belonging to Diponegoro, also known as Raden Mas Ontowiryo, was returned by the Dutch government to Indonesia on March 10. The dagger, known as Kiai Naga Siluman, was believed to have been given to the Dutch by Diponegoro. Dutch and Indonesian researchers who studied the kris verified that it was Naga Siluman based on a letter from Diponegoro’s former officer Sentot Alibasya Prawirodirdjo, and a description of the dagger by Javanese painter Raden Saleh, who lived and worked for many years in Europe in the mid-19th century. However, Indonesian kris specialists have casted doubt on whether the old weapon is indeed Diponegoro’s Naga Siluman as mentioned by Sentot. From the details, they say, it seemed that the dagger is a Naga Sasra, which has quite distinct characteristics from a Naga Siluman. These Indonesian experts deem it impossible that Prince Diponegoro would not know the difference between a Naga Siluman and a Naga Sasra. Thus, the National Museum will be waiting for a compromise between kris specialists and historians before exhibiting the dagger, together with other items owned by Diponegoro, at a certain point after the corona pandemic subsides.

  • Epidemics and Quarantine in the Dutch East Indies
    Interlude

    Epidemics and Quarantine in the Dutch East Indies

    Indonesia faced several epidemics during the Dutch East Indies era. From outbreaks of cholera and pestilence in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in the early of the 20th century up until the impact of the Spanish Flu. Those pandemics resembled the current situation. After a late response to the outbreak, the colonial government finally enacted a regional quarantine. Many things can be learned from past epidemics. Mitigation strategies, appropriate isolation measures, and rapid responses are needed.

  • Doctors without Protection
    Interlude

    Doctors without Protection

    Native doctors and orderlies were heroes when the pestilence outbreak hit Malang in the 1910s. Doctor Cipto Mangunkusumo became an icon and a voice in the media.

  • Hans Pols, Writer of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonization in the Dutch East Indies: Javanese Doctors Knew of the Discrimination
    Interlude

    Hans Pols, Writer of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonization in the Dutch East Indies: Javanese Doctors Knew of the Discrimination

    In colonial times, the fight for independence was also driven by native doctors who graduated from the School tot Opleiding van Indische Artsen (STOVIA).

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