Each part of Indonesia has its version of dramas.
In Java Ludruk is very popular. It is mainly taken from mythology, history and local life. Many times it is a satire.
Ketoprak is another extremely popular drama covering all aspects of life. Dancing and singing also accompany this drama.
The Indonesians attach a lot of value to Keris, a wavy bladed dagger inherited as family heirloom. Once a year it is worshipped with burning of incense and prayers.
A Keris is supposed to have a spirit and is treated with great respect. The Keris is considered a magical weapon, filled with great spiritual power.
In Javanese there is a term "Tosan Aji" or "Magic Metal" used to describe the keris. The keris are replete with the totems of Malay-Indonesian culture: Hindu and Islam.
One of the most developed textile lines- the batik printing involving wax printing is the most important in Indonesia. It is at least 4 centuries old.
Yogyakarta is the centre of Batik printing. On all official government functions, it is mandatory to wear Batik.
Batik Tulis (Writing) is another popular type of cloth printing. The designs in both types are excellent beyond words.
Solo (Central Java) is very well known for its Batik creation and motif.
26. Ikat weaving:
This unique type of textile weaving called double ikat is an item of special significance in Trunyan, a Bali aga village, whose inhabitants are the original inhabitants of Bali. Ikat is supposed to have magical powers. The island of Sumba in Indonesia is another famous place for Ikat.
In India the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh are centers for Ikat production.
27. Silk Industry:
Garut, which is around 60 km from Bandung, is the centre of cultivation of silk worms. Silk threads are woven into fabrics, which are subsequently mildly scoured or even bleached very lightly. Subsequently Batik printing takes place producing a very high quality of silk Batik.
Since they have thousands of islands, the variety of seafood is beyond words.
For the vegetarians:
1. ado-Gado: which consists of all types of vegetables with peanut sauce is nowadays recognized as an international dish.
2. Martabak: It is a pancake, which can be stuffed with vegetables.
3. Nasi Goreng: Fried rice is also available with vegetables only.
4. Mie Goreng: Fried noodles with vegetables only.
5. Tempe: It is made from fermented Soya bean.
6. Ketan: Rice pudding
7. Bubur Santen: Rice porridge.
8. Coconut cakes
9. Crunchy peanut cookies
For the Non-Vegetarians:
1. Sate Ayam: Barbequed pieces of chicken roasted over charcoal fire.
2. Opor Ayam: It is chicken cooked in coconut milk with spices.
3. Nasi Goreng: Fried rice is also available with chicken.
4. Ikan Asin Manis: It is a dish of fish with sweet and sour taste.
5. Krupuk: Made out of shrimps in the form of papads.
There are so many fruits in Indonesia, some of which are not grown in India or elsewhere. Try Durian, which stinks like hell but tastes like heaven, mangosteen rambutan, salak, duku, avocado, blimbing, jambu, guava, duku, papaya sirsak, langsat, buih, jambu air, sawo, citrus, mango, oranges, melons, apples, areca and markisa are other fruits, not to forget pineapples and bananas. Pisang Raja is a type of banana, which is almost one foot in length.
Beer, Brem (Rice Wine), Arak, Buah es (Mixture of Fruits) with honey and condensed milk.
With modern airports, super highways, 5 Star Hotels and modern communication facilities, Indonesia has entered the modern world with a bang.
Indonesia offers great possibilities for trade with India, with its abundance of raw materials like oil, gas, timber and other agricultural products.
With its numerous mountains, volcanoes, islands and ancient monuments dating back to 400 A.D, Indonesia offers a lot to the tourists. Ask for special brochure Bali Yatra, honeymoon in Bali and Batam Island near Singapore.
(This brochure clearly states as to what may be visited)
Visit www.Chandiramani.com for exhaustive information.
A. Western Java:
Jakarta was once a Hindu kingdom called Pajajaran. Afterwards in the 16th century, it was conquered by Muslims led by Fatahillah and renamed Jayakarta (Great Victory).
Afterwards the Dutch conquered Jayakarta and renamed it as Batavia.
After Indonesia declared independence, it was named Jakarta, a short form of Jayakarta.
It is at present the capital of Indonesia.
The following are the places of interest:
1. Ujung Kulon National Park: An early Hindu relic of Ganesha from the First Century AD has been found here.This has been declared as a heritage site by Unesco.
2. Batu Tulis: Batu Tulis (stone writing) near Bogor is in Western Java. On a huge black boulder in, around 450 A.D king Purnawarna inscribed his name and made an imprint of his footprints, as well as his elephant's footprints.
The accompanying inscription reads, 'Here are the footprints of King Purnawarna, the heroic conqueror of the world'.
This inscription is in Sanskrit and is still clear after 1500 years. This is the oldest archeological monument in Java.
3. National Museum Jakarta: It has sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Buddha, Ganesha and many other Hindu Gods and is rated as one of the best museums in the world.
The Museum National or National Museum built in 17th Century has a wealth of stone statues in many different forms and sizes, most notably relating to ancestral worship.
The most notable statues in National Museum at Jakarta are of Brahma, Ganesha, Vishnu, Buddha and Shiva.
4. National Monument: MONAS
It symbolizes fertility. It is over 135 meters tall and is coated with 35 kilos of pure gold. From the top, one can have a view of Jakarta. The basement houses a museum of nation's history.
5. Jaya Ancol:
Ancol Dream Land. It is the biggest recreation area in S.E. Asia.
One of its main features is Dunia Fantasi (World of Fantasy). It is open 24 Hrs. Jaya Ancol is Jakarta's all-in-one recreation park and a great place located on the waterfront to the north of the city. In this place you can find:
6. ANCOL ART MARKET
This is an outdoor art market and recreational place where you will be most tempted to purchase something. Items include antiques, handicrafts, paintings, pottery, and knick knacks.
With many of the artisans working on site, it is a paradise for souvenir hunters and art lovers.
7. DUNIA FANTASI (Fantasy World)
It is a fun theme park designed to entertain visitors with the fascinating worlds of modern science and technology. The facilities take visitors on imaginative tours of Africa, America and Indonesia through some breathtaking games.
8. Sea World
Inside the Ancol Dreamland complex. Sea World is a high-tech huge modern aquarium exhibiting the special and diverse tropical marine life found throughout the Indonesian waters.
Stroll through the Freshwater World to see beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs, get friendly with marine life at the Touch Pool, and walk through the acrylic tunnel that gives first-hand experience of life under the sea.
9. Istiqlal Mosque:
It is the largest mosque in Asia and is worth visiting. Soekarno built it.
10. Taman Mini:
Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park presents all the diversities of the rich culture of Indonesia giving an insight into their skills, architecture, customs, etc.
scene sculpture showing Lord Krishna driving Arjuna in a chariot.
12. Pasar Burung (Bird Market):
All types of birds of the world are available here.
13. Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM):
TIM is the centre of dance, music, drama and culture in Jakarta . Dramas, dances, music, lectures and shadow plays are constantly going on.
Sarinah Departmental Store is one of the leading departmental stores, where the prices are fixed and you can do some sensible shopping. Everything is available here.
Block M is another modern departmental store.
Do not forget Jalan Surabaya- flea market.