Ilham Nurwansah’s passion for archiving and even reviving Sundanese culture did not stop at carving “Karinding”, a musical instrument made of bamboo.

Full Synopsis

A Sundanese saying goes — “language is the identity of [a] nation” (Sundanese: asa téh cicirén bangsa”). The colonization era was complicated for Indonesia — a country with 700 languages — as it is hard to tell how it influenced the Sundanese language and culture. Ilham Nurwansah is on a mission to digitize old Sundanese-language (spoken by over 35 million people) text, and share encyclopedic information through the Sundanese Wikipedia. When not digitizing old Sundanese palm leaf manuscripts, he carves bamboo and palm and plays Karinding, a lamellophone instrument similar to Jew’s harp that originated from West Java and Banten in Indonesia. Made from different kinds of local bamboo varieties and midribs of palm trees, the sound of Karinding is “robotic” as Nurwansah’s explains. This short documentary has a narration and performance by Nurwansah that was recorded by Subhashish Panigrahi at the T-Centralen station in Stockholm, Sweden during Wikimania 2019.

Storyline

Sundanese-language Wikipedia editor Ilham Nurwansah learned from a friend back home in East Java, Indonesia about carving from bamboo an instrument called Karinding. This lamellophone instrument that resembles the Jew’s harp. Nurwansah not only learned how to make Karindings for himself both from bamboo and palm but he also mastered how to play them. This short documentary, shot handheld at the T-Centralen station in Stockholm, Sweden during the Wikimania conference (Wikipedia’s annual conference), is a gateway to Sundanese folk music. Nurwansah is involved in a number of cultural documentation projects while contributing encyclopedic text to the Sundanese Wikipedia.

Datasheet

Title Documentary Feature
Language(s) Sundanese, English
Name in Sundanese Karinding
Name in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) kɑːɾin̪d̪iŋg
Director Subhashish Panigrahi
Producer Subhashish Panigrahi
Screenwriter(s) Subhashish Panigrahi
Cast Ilham Nurwansah
Country of production India
Country of Origin Sweden
Filming location(s) T-Centralen station, Stockholm, Sweden
Year of Production 2019
Release Dates 27 July 2020 (India)
Duration/running time 3 minutes (appx.) / 00:03:19 (hh:mm:ss)
Genre Documentary
Distribution company O Foundation (OFDN)
Production company O Foundation (OFDN)
Screenwriter Subhashish Panigrahi
Recordist Subhashish Panigrahi
Keywords Sundanese, Sunda, Java, Indonesia, language
Budget US$500 (estimated)
Film website https://theofdn.org/film/gyani-maiya/
Permanent media archive Film on Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/gyani-maiya)
Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) EIDR: 10.5240/15FD-F65B-F01B-846E-EB71-E
Official logo DOI logo by International DOI Foundation (Public Domain) 10.17613/frzt-b139
Logo of Internet Movie Database (IMDb) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12728670/
Summary Ilham Nurwansah’s passion for archiving and even reviving Sundanese culture did not stop at carving “Karinding”, a musical instrument made of bamboo.

Technical details

Film type Documentary Feature
Language Sundanese; English
Spoken Languages Sundanese; English
Colour Info Color
Frame Rate 24 fps
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Stereoscopy No
Captions English (Closed Caption), English (Open Caption)

Screening

You can watch the film online on the Internet Archive or download to watch offline for free of cost. You are most welcome to contact the producer if you would like to conduct a discussion post screening.

Further resources

Promotional posters

Portrait poster of film "Karinding"

Portrait poster of film “Karinding”. Subhashish Panigrahi (CC-BY 4.0). Download

Landscape poster of Karinding

Landscape poster of film “Karinding”. Subhashish Panigrahi (CC-BY 4.0). Download

 Last updated: 2021-05-12

Cite this film

O Foundation (OFDN) (December 9, 2021) Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation. Retrieved from https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/.
"Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation." O Foundation (OFDN) - December 9, 2021, https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/
O Foundation (OFDN) April 29, 2021 Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation., viewed December 9, 2021,<https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/>
O Foundation (OFDN) - Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation. [Internet]. [Accessed December 9, 2021]. Available from: https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/
"Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation." O Foundation (OFDN) - Accessed December 9, 2021. https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/
"Film: “ Karinding” (2020) — Language is the identity of a nation." O Foundation (OFDN) [Online]. Available: https://theofdn.org/film/karinding/. [Accessed: December 9, 2021]

Logo of Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Official logo DOI logo by International DOI Foundation (Public Domain) 10.17613/frzt-b139

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