Harmony in Diversity by Edwin Rahardjo
The younger generation’s interest towards their cultural heritage is diminishing, especially towards traditional dances and music, therefore they are least likely to learn the somewhat outdated dying heritage.
We often see many traditional instruments - such as the gamelan - being played at hotels where tourists usually visit in Indonesia. The gamelan is often played with underwhelming and expressionless performance; its voice drowning in a busy crowd.
Over the years, this continuous phenomenon builds up a negative image towards traditional music, especially to the young generation. They feel it is outdated and its importance becomes forgotten; less and less youngsters take interest, listen to or even learn the legacy that has been passed on by their ancestors.
kinetic piece called Harmony in Diversity. It is packaged in a contemporary approach that is not entirely in accordance to the basic principles of typical gamelan and wayang kulit, whilst still projecting a mystical and magical nuanses. Edwin Rahardjo hopes his works would inspire the younger generation to further understand and take interest towards traditional art.