|Awarding the winners of keroncong contest|
Keroncongas one of the traditional art originated from Jakarta has a quite unique history. It came from a place called Tugu on Seribu Islands at the time of the Portuguese colonialism. It was popularly called Keroncong Tugu which was wrapped with art nuance of fully Indonesian characteristics. Then, the music continued to be conserved by Indonesian society with ukulele as the typical of music instrument.
Because of the explained features above, Keroncong music was determined to be one of the song stalk nomination contested in the National Student Art Week (Peksiminal), Monday (3/5). Rector of UMM, Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, was enthusiastically welcoming the opening of Peksiminal event of regional level of East Java which was held at the theater room of UMM Dome. He was not only delivering speech, but also singing keroncong song titled Bestari Indah in front of all the participants, judges and the invited guests in that afternoon.
Chairman of the Committee, Joko Susilo M.Si, said that the invitations had been socialized to 60 universities in East Java, but there were only eight universities which registered to the organizing committee. Beside UMM which was also the host of the event, other universities which came to participate in the competition were Brawijaya University (UB), State University of Malang (UM), College of Theology Philosophy (STFT) Sasana Widya Malang, Surabaya State University (Unesa), College of Health Sciences ICME Jombang, State University of Jember (Unej) and Airlangga University (Unair).
Keroncong orchestra which accompanied the contestants was Gema Mahardika Malang studio. "Greatly thanks to BPMSI who entrusted us organizing this event as a support in exploring and establishing traditional culture," said Joko.
On the same day, the rector actually had to open three events, but he preferred to attend the keroncong competition. He stated that the art of keroncong should be preserved. "This kind of competition is very necessary to revive and redevelop traditional arts so that it can be maintained to become popular again as in the first era. It is especially aimed to attract the attention and young people’s taste," said Muhadjir who watched until the end of the match.
Agreeing on Muhadjir’s statement, the Chief of the keroncong orchestra “Gita Kusuma” of Malang, Drs. Andrez St Makmur as one of the judges stated that it was good competition to attract teenager’s interest. The less opportunity from the campus and from the students themselves to access information about keroncong made it slowly progressed.
The judge stated that the assessment criteria were emphasized on the expression, the ability in delivering the song soulfully, articulation, vocal technique, and the costumes of the participants. "Actually there was a participant with good voice, but wearing jeans with cloth that could not be categorized whether it was blazer or jacket. Of course the participant failed," Hari said in regret.
Besides, Muhadjir and Hari admitted that the performances of the participant were still far from perfection. It could be seen from the participants who performed a lot of movements on the stage and from the mimic which expressed that the participant failed in delivering the song soulfully. "Keroncong is elegant music, so it is supposed not to perform many movements while singing. There were many participants who were still making mistake in fragmenting the song and in modulating their vibration," said Andrez.
Meanwhile, the obligatory song in the competition was Stambul Baju Biru, Stambul Janjiku, Di Tepi Sungai Serayu, Telaga Sarangan and Remaja Pancasila which had successfully delivered five participants of men and women category into finale.
Competition which was closed on Wednesday (5/5) raised the following winners; Tommy Yuliawan Budi (from Unesa) as the first winner of men category. His rank was followed by Adhitya Yanuar (from UM) as the second winner. Meanwhile, the third place was achieved by Yan Ardhitia Darutama (from UB).
In addition, first winner of women category was achieved by Victoria Mariantini (from UB). The second winner was Putri Pertiwi Ayarini (from Unesa). Moreover, Deborah Pratiwi Ayu from Unair won the third place. (rwp/t_alf)