Ayu Hish

Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio

The Sarwi Retno Budaya dance studio began in 1975 which was founded by Ms. Sarwiyati Hartono who initially taught herself children at home. The material taught at that time included Golek Sri Rejeki dance, Gambir Anom, Minak Jinggo Dayun and Kelono Gandrung. At that time, to pay for the training process each student who came was charged Rp. 100, –
Training days Monday and Thursday. The next development was in 1977 teaching in Danukusuman by gathering children in the surrounding area. Batik dance material, Merak, Pembidang Kidang on the page of Ms. Hadi Suprobo.
In 1980-1987 he taught dance at Surakarta 5 Public Middle School. From 1997 until now he taught dance at SD Kratonan and Semanggi Lor.

The appearance of the name Sarwi Retno Budaya is on the advice and guidance of Mr. S. Maridi, who at that time ordered that anyone who would enter the Maridi Studio in Surakarta Culture must learn from the Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio. In accepting students, the Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio does not attach much importance to the number of students but more to quality.
Sarwi Retno Budaya has been registered with the P & K Office (at that time) since 1985. Many of the Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio students have succeeded in becoming dancers that make the nation’s name a great deal by being used for art ambassadors in various countries. Many of the performances that have been performed at the Sarwi Dance Studio Retno Budaya are either in the form of competitions or Appreciations. In various dance competitions that are often held, the Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio gets the best score at the puppet festival in Sriwedari Wayang Orang Building in 2005 as the first winner, in 2008 the Student Kethoprak Festival on TBS won second place.

Address of Sarwi Retno Budaya Dance Studio on Jalan Bima no. 8 RT 04 RW 02, Serengan Village, Serengan District, Surakarta. Arrangement of the Management Board: Head of the Serengan Sub-District; Advisor: Mr. Soedarto; Leader: Mrs. Sarwiyati Hartono; Treasurer: Mrs. Ratih Retno Harsari, S.Sos; Secretary: Mr. Hartono; Public Relations: Mr. Kelik Andrianto; Coach: Ms. Sarwiyati Hartono, Ms. K. Ester Indrasari, S.Sn, Wahyu Sapto Pamungkas, S.Sn, Achmad Dipoyono, S.Sn, Ibu Erna, S.Sn

Soeryo Soemirat Dance Workshop

Soerya Soemirat GPH. Herwasto Kusumo Mangkunegaran Royal Palace, or better known as Soerya Soemirat Dance Workshop, was established by GPH. Herwasto Kusumo in 1982. Under the management of the Mangkunegaran Royal Palace in Surakarta, this community was first formed to induce the production of dancers exclusively for royal ceremonies known as langen projo; yet it has expanded over time to serve the need for preserving and widening the artistry of royal dance and karawitan/gamelan (traditional Javanese music) and handing them down to the younger generations. The dance workshop has grown far to teach more than 500 apprentices today. For more than three decades, Soeryo Soemirat has performed in numerous prestigious stages in both local and national festivals and competitions, such as representing Central Java in the National Dance Parade 2007 at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Jakarta and Best Dance Scheme winner in the National Child Dolanan Festival 2012 Surabaya; to international performances in Morocco (2005), France (2006), Singapore (2011), and Austria (2013). Their longtime cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also made them the annual host for foreign students who came to learn traditional culture through the Indonesian Art and Cultural Scholarship Program.

About the show

Soeryo Soemirat will be performing three pieces of dance:

1. Srimpi Muncar Dance

Invented by KGPAA Mangkunegara VII, Srimpi Muncar derives its moves from the tale of two women from different backgrounds: Javanese Princess Kelasworo and Chinese-descent Princess Adaninggar. The two of them happened to fall in love with the same man, Wong Agung Menak. The 25-minute dance embodies the conflict that follows in various moves and progresses, with Princess Kelasworo winning the man’s love in the end of the performance. This dance number is performed by four graceful female dancers.

2. Kelono Dance

The Kelono dance tells the story about a King in Bantar Angin region, who bears immense strength, wealth, and assertiveness; but wrecked many times by his coarse manner. Apart from sketching caricatures from many faces of the King, aptly named Kelono Sewandono, this dance also thoughtfully interprets the condition when he once experienced affection (gandrung). A single male dancer shifting between his soft and heroic side presents the performance of Kelono dance in a total duration of 15 minutes.

3. Bambangan Cakil Dance Along with the beats of gamelan, this dance adopted the epic Perang Kembang—the Blossom War—from Javanese wayang kulit shows, which tells the battle between one knight and a mythical giant. A total of two dancers deliver this Bambangan Cakil story in a 25-minute show. The Knight (Bambangan) was a character of gentleness and justice, while the Giant (Cakil) was ferocious and full of rage. The whole dance progresses to a conclusion that every form of evil and wrath will come to a loss under the hands of the righteous.

Pawiyatan Padhalangan Surakarta Art Studio

The Padhalangan Surakarta Pawiyatan Art Studio provides the main facilities to support creative activities such as gamelan, puppets, puppet modules, puppet plays, exhibition and performance stages. Standard facilities provided are libraries, places of worship, parking lots, toilets.
The main activities that will be carried out are puppet and sinden performances, and are supported by groups, communities, or actors such as the Dhalang Surakarta Circle of Association, Surakarta Youth Dhalang Association, Sanggar Padhalangan Serengan.

Kemasan Art Studio

This art studio is located on Jalan Jl. Packaging I No. 07, Kepatihan Kulon, Kec. Jebres, Surakarta City, Central Java 57129, Central Java Province. The location of this art studio is in the southwest of SMP Negeri 13 Widuran ± 100 m, or to the west of the Packaging Gang.

The Packaging Arts Studio was founded by Bambang Sugiarto. Before becoming the Packaging Arts Studio, the studio was named Sanggar Gidag Gidig which was founded on December 21, 1976. At that time Gidag Gidig did not have a fixed place for training, so it still moved around. In 1984 Gidag Gidig chose a place to become a permanent studio which is now the Studio for Packaging. Sanggar Gidag Gidig was vacuumed for 13 years. Until 2013, the studio was back with a different name, the Packaging Arts Studio.

The name of the packaging is taken from the name of a village where the art studio is located. When the Surakarta Hadiningrat Sunanate still existed in government, all the royal property in the form of gold and jewelry was stored in a place in Kepatihan. The center of government in Surakarta at that time was not in the Kasunanan Palace but in Kepatihan. Patih here was given full power by the King of Surakarta Sunanate. The place name for storing royal property is called Packaging.

Semarak Candrakirana Art Studio

Irawati Kusumorasri was born to the family of the Mangkunegaran Palace, Solo, precisely on December 12, 1963. This cultural activist was born to the KRMH family Sudhiatmo Suryosumanto, making Irawati Kusumorasri (50) often associate with Pura Mangkunegaran dancers. Since the age of five, Ira, her nickname, has been directed by her parents to learn to dance so that she often appears on several shows at Pura Mangkunegaran.
Entering Junior High School (SMP), Ira received special training in Mangkunegaran Javanese dance from Mrs. Bei Mintalaras. The other Iraqi trainers were Mr. S. Ngaliman Condropangrawit and Ms. Suyati Tarwo Sumosutargyo. Since then, little Ira has begun to experience dance performances everywhere.

As an effort to preserve dance, especially Javanese dance, in 1998 Ira founded a dance studio called Semarak Candra Kirana. This name is taken from the character Candra Kirana from an original Indonesian story entitled Pandji. “Additional lively words are prayers, so that later the studio can develop and be successful,” said Ira regarding the name sanggarnya.

In the past two years, Lively Candra Kirana has developed into a foundation. This studio becomes more official in the eyes of the government, making it easier to hold an event, or submit a proposal.
Until now, Lively Candra Kirana has eight dance trainers, mostly ISI graduates. Students of this dance studio are very diverse, ranging in age from four to 25 years, equivalent to kindergarten children to the student level. Teaching techniques are divided according to the age and expertise of the students.
The tariff for learning dance in this studio is quite affordable. The registration fee is only IDR 75,000 with a monthly fee of IDR 25,000. Every month the studio routinely holds performances in various malls in the city of Solo, as an appreciation and examination for the studio students. Nowadays, as Candra Kirana has around 150 active students, some of its graduates are now actively teaching in Indonesian Karawitan Secondary Schools (SMKI) and various art colleges.
Javanese dance to modern dance
In this studio all dance is taught starting from traditional dance, contemporary dance, and modern dance. “As lively as Candra Kirana teaches archipelago dance, all of them are based on Javanese dance,” Ira said. After the participants have the foundation of Javanese dance, then the teaching will continue to the archipelago dance, adjusted to the interests and talents of the students.
Until now, Semarak Candra Kirana’s name has been considered as an art studio with various achievements. One of them, the studio has held a cultural home dance performance, by collaborating with the Yayasan Warna Warni Indonesia made by Krisnina Akbar Tandjung. And in the middle of this year Semarak Candra Kirana will send two delegates to America to take part in the Indonesian Youth Youth event.


Setuponan in Mangkunegaran Palace is a day where art and cultural performances are regularly held at the Mangkunegaran Palace, this event usually performed Indonesian cultural arts, especially Javanese culture. This performance is part of preservation of Indonesian arts and culture which was initiated by Keraton Pura Mangkunegaran of Surakarta. This event is held every 35 days in the Prangwedanan House on Pura Mangkunegaran. On December 9, 2017, Setuponan has been held for the 44th time. Setuponan in Pura Mangkunegaran is a birthday reminder for of KGPAA Mangkunegara IX which was born on Setu(Saturday) Pon, but on certain days such as in the month of Ramadhan, this event can’t be held in Pura Mangkunegaran.

Surakarta’s Village Hall

Public space that dedicated to the society, to increasing public interest in developing their creativity.

Keprabon Village Hall

Keprabon Village Hall provides a main facilities to support creative activities such as sets of gamelan equipment and complete performances. And the Standard facilities that are being provided such as Internet, computer, library, prayer room, parking, disabled access, breastfeeding, canteen, air conditioning, toilet, other facilities. The main activities that will be held here are gamelan music creations and had participated in the International Gamelan Festival, and were supported by groups, communities, or the artist such as the Keprabon Gamelan Group.

Banyuanyar Village Hall

Banyuanyar Urban Village Hall provides a main facilities to support creative activities such as discussion rooms, LCD projectors, dance equipment. And the standard facilities that are being provided such as internet, library, prayer room, parking lot, disabled access, breastfeeding, toilet. The main activities that will be held here are such as traditional dance creations, contemporary dance creations, Banyuanyar Village Hall supported by groups, communities or the artist itself such as  Tentara Manunggal memangunan Desa (TTMD) Banyuanyar, Solo Batik Carnival Foundation.

Over 200 Teacher and Solo Resident join workshop On Writing Cerkak, Story Telling and Writing Javanese Scriptures

SOLO – About 200 teachers, civil servants, students and ordinary people attend Literary Art Workshops at Loji Hotels, on Monday (10/29/2018) and Tuesday (10/30/2018).

The workshop which was held by the Cultural Department of Surakarta brought several material, such as writing and reading Javanese characters, Javanese storytelling and writing Cerkak (Javanese short stories).

The head of the event committee, Maretha Dinar Cahyono, SE, MM in his speech said that the workshop was held to explore, preserve and develop Javanese culture.

“Hopefully this will become a material for strengthening Javanese culture in the midst of the modern era,” he said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Cultural Department of Surakarta, Kinkin Sultanul Hakim, SH, MM, represented by the Secretary, Tutik Mulyani SH, said that the use and utilization of Javanese in the society is a way to strengthen Javanese culture .

“In order for the Javanese culture to exist, it needs to be disseminated in the society” he explained.

One of the real challenges in globalization era nowadays, Tutik Mulyani said, that there are many students who have good grade on foreign language, meanwhile, their javanese language’s grade is less satisfying.

“whereas Javanese is one of the ancestral cultural heritage,” he said.

The workshop presented speakers are Drs Supardjo MHum (art practitioners and UNS lecturers), Drs Hanindawan (art practitioner and writer) and Andi Sri Wahyudi (art practitioners and writers)

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