International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Role of ENT Government to Increase Regeneration and Youth Creativity in Playing Sasando Music Instrument
Djoko Murdowo, Raulia Riski

Indonesia has more than 44 traditional musical instruments. One of Indonesian traditional musical instrument that is unique and should be preserved is Sasando, a stringed music instrument from Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara (ENT). With some modifications and support of advanced technologies, there has been electrical Sasando that completed since 1960. Unfortunately, the number of ENT youth who could play Sasando traditional instruments decreased nowadays. This thing occurs due to low interest of ENT youth about the traditional music instrument itself, lack of teachers, lack of government support, and the lack expression of media to spark ENT youth interest to play Sasando. This problem can be overcome through cooperation between local governments with Education Offices or schools all over the regencies in ENT to make a long-term program by provide Sasando in the schools of all regencies in ENT, provide a place to learn Sasando for free, and hold annual Sasando festival. These programs can certainly help regenerate Sasando musician and enhance the creativity of ENT youth especially in terms of Sasando and various related activities, and it can be achieved if implemented sincerely and supported by sufficient budget funding by ENT Government.

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