Amar Pradopo, a student of Surakarta Public High School was ordained as the Best Young Puppeter in the Young Puppeter Competition at the Central Java Province. the teenager that was born on March 9, 2000 is receiving a pocket coaching money with the total of IDR. 6 million from the organizer.
Head of the Culture Departement of Surakarta, Sis Ismiyati informed, Amar is the representative of Surakarta City in the competition which took place in Purbalingga on Tuesday (05/09/2017) and Wednesday (10/5/2017). “Hopefully, this achievement achieved by Amar will motivate the young generation,” she said on Wednesday (05/10/2017).
Not only motivated the young achievers, the Head of the Surakarta Cultural Service also hoped that Amar achievements would also encourage children, teenager and all the youngster to love traditional arts more.
Sismyati added, in addition to winning the Best Young Puppeter, the other delegateion from Surakarta also received the title of Best Gending Stylist in the event. Just like Arman, not only bringing home the trophy, the Gending artist from the Surakarta Public High School’s karawitan team also received a coaching prize of total Rp 6 million.
Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo appreciated the achievements of the Surakarta City representatives.
The Child Puppet Festival is one of ways that is used to introduce culture to the children, of course with an uncomplicated an a fun way. Such as fairy tales, traditional games, or by playing traditional musical instruments/ theater, the moral value and the local wisdom can be transferred effectively. This is understood by the Government. Through the Department of Culture , the Government organizes the 2018 Child Puppet Festival event. The goal is nothing but to raising awareness of the next generation about the importance of the national culture. The introduction of culture from an early age provides education to children about cultural diversity that must be respected, so the national cultural norms and value can be inherited to the next generation.
There are several vocational high school in Surakarta city
which offered arts and cultural study programs.
SMK Negeri 8 Surakarta
Surakarta State Vocational High School 8 (SMK Negeri 8
Surakarta) was founded at the initiative of artists and cultural experts, especially
in the Surakarta Palace environment, which was initiated by him GPH. Soerio
Hamidjojo (as committee chairman). After everything was carefully considered,
the Minister of Teaching and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Number: 554
/ K / 3-b, dated July 17, 1950, decided to establish the Indonesian Karawitan
Conservatory in Surakarta, which opened on: 27 August 1950. with the name:
Conservatory of Karawitan Indonesia (KOKAR). The majors that were opened were:
Karawitan Art which consisted of 2 educational programs: Instrumentalists and
In 1976 in accordance with the Decree of the Directorate of
Vocational High School Education, Number 0292 / 0/1976 dated December 9, 1976
there was a change in the name of the Indonesian Karawitan Conservatory to be
replaced by the Indonesian Karawitan Middle School abbreviated SMKI, namely
Educational Institutions that prepare students to become middle-level workers
who have knowledge , skills and attitudes as a mid-level artist in the field of
musical arts, dance and puppetry.
In 1997 according to the Decree of the Minister of Education
and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number. 036 / 0/1997, dated 7 March
1997 concerning the name change of the Indonesian Karawitan Secondary School
(SMKI) Surakarta changed its name to the 8th State Vocational Middle School in
Surakarta or Surakarta State Vocational High School 8, with the Performing Arts
Expertise consisting of four Expertise Programs namely: Art Karawitan, Dance,
Art of Pedalangan and Art of Music.
Subsequent developments in the 2008/2009 school year have opened
a new program of expertise, Theater Arts.
SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta
In 1993 the Indonesian government made a program to reduce
unemployment, especially among teenagers. Every year it is estimated that 95%
of the adolescents are ready to enter the workforce, but only 12% can be
absorbed. Constraints faced include the lack of jobs and the lack of skills
possessed by prospective workers. It is necessary to find a way out so that
high school graduates or equals do not just rely on themselves as employees,
but can work alone, independently and can even create their own jobs.
The Ministry of Education and Culture plans to establish
vocational schools as a forum for skills education that can fill the workforce
or work independently. But this program requires not a small amount of money.
Therefore, policy was taken by adding new vocational programs to existing
One of the programs can be realized in the years 1986 to
1987 at the ISMS 8 of Surakarta, with the opening of Kriya Arts to complement
the 3 existing departments, namely Dance, Karawitan Art, and Pedalangan Arts.
This Craft Arts Department which later became the forerunner to the
establishment of the SMSR (SMKN 9 Surakarta)
there was in June 1993 SMSR Surakarta occupies a new
building located on Jl. Tarumanegara, Banyuanyar, Banjarsari, Surakarta with
learning facilities that are still very minimal, but year after year SMSR
Surakarta complements various equipment in accordance with the standards of the
Craft Department. On June 18, 1994 the SMSR Surakarta was inaugurated by Prof.
Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro by opening 3 Departments namely: Fine Arts, Wood
Crafts, and Textile Crafts. Then the 2001 to 2002 school year added one more
department, namely the Department of Metal Crafts. Because of the demands of
the development of Information Technology, in 2005 there were 2 more majors
namely Multimedia and Animation. The Multimedia Department was the first to be
established in Surakarta and became a favorite department in Surakarta City
In 2005 at that time the head of the school was Drs.
Sudarto, MM SMSR Surakarta name was changed to SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta. After 3
years, the SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta opened 2 majors, namely Clothing and DKV
(Visual Communication Design). Then in 2009 the SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta again
opened another new department, namely TKJ (Computer and Network Engineering) so
that now SMK 9 Surakarta has 9 majors. Surakarta 9th Vocational High School has
also won the ISO 9001: 2008 certificate and is heading to become an
International Standard School (SBI).