The Gamelan Digul and the Prison Camp Musician Who Built It: An Australian Link with the Indonesian Revolution. University of Rochester Press, 2002 Hardcover with CD
Made in 1927 entirely from "found" materials in the prison camp, including pans and eating utensils, the gamelan Digul became a symbol for the independence movement long after Pontjopangrawit's own release in 1932. In the 1940s, it was transported to Australia, where the Dutch and their prisoners took refuge from the Japanese invaders. At first interned as enemy aliens by the Australian government, the ex-Digulists were finally released. Cultural activities within the Australian Indonesian community involving the gamelan Digul served to create sympathy and interest for Indonesia's independence, which was granted in 1945. Tragically, Pontjopangrawit himself was later arrested by the Indonesian goverment during the 1965 revolution, and died in custody.
This book's musical and political discussions will interest all those concerned with Indonesian and Southeast Asian music, performing arts, history and culture as well as the beginnings of Australian-Indonesian friendship.
Author: Margaret J. Kartomi
Title: The Gamelan Digul and the Prison Camp Musician Who Built It: An Australian Link with the Indonesian Revolution
Published: 2002 (1st edition)
Publisher: University of Rochester Press
Hard Cover: 123 pages
Book & CD Condition: Very Good.
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. (see photos).
ISBN 10: 1580460887 ISBN 13: 9781580460880