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Welcome home. Mungkin itu yang ingin disampaikan oleh laman nurulnulur.com ini sendainya saja dia bisa berbicara. Hiatus blogging hampir 4 tahun tentu bukan waktu yang sebentar. Dan awal 2016 kemarin, mbak Ririe Khayan sukses ngomporin saya untuk menghidupkan kembali blog ini. Dan ya, akhirnya tergerak juga hati saya untuk memulai lagi aktifitas blogging.

Mengenai isi, niatnya blog nurulnulur.com ini ditujukan untuk berbagi pengalaman, menularkan ilmu yang masih compang camping, atau sekedar keluh kesah. Gado – gado niatnya, biar yang nulis ga bosen. Dan masStumon yang baik hati dan budiman, terimakasih atas kesediaannya untuk permakin nurulnulur.com *tenang mas Stu, dirimu akan banyak tak rusuhi lagi nanti^^


Well, akhirnya  saya berdoa, semoga bisa kontinyu memelihara laman ini dengan baik, benar dan rutin, bisa gesit bw kesana kemari, dan yang terpenting, bisa terus berbagi. 

Happy blogging, noe!!
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Hello dear friends,
Have you ever had a river tubing adventure? I had it last week. It was so cool, pumped up adrenaline. Having river tubing adventure was not in my plan. My mates from Surabaya and Jember visited Banyuwangi for their job and prolonged up to weekend. They asked me to bring them to the place they haven’t visited. It was so confusing since two weeks before we went to Ijen crater and Baluran National Park. I will tell you something, we are vacation freaks. And Banyuwangi is a very great place for vacation freaks.
Browsing for a different vacation, I found X-Badeng Tubing Adventure (XBTA) in Banyuwangi Official Site. X-Badeng is pronounced as Kali Badeng, kali means river in Javanese. Kali Badeng flow trough Raung foothills in the Songgon district, 35KM from the capital of Banyuwangi. Kali Badeng’s stream is quiet heavy, yet the river is not as wide as it can be rafted. So, tubing is an alternative extreme water adventure. Along the river, held pine and rubber forests, farm, and cliffs that have a lot of waterfalls.

action before act

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In 2016, Banyuwangi will held 5th Festival Gandrung Sewu. I repost this article to remind the festivity of gandrung sewu. And also, I hope I can attend the festival this year. 

Hello dear friends. 

Last Saturday, I attended Festival Gandrung Sewu and that was my first time attending festival in Banyuwangi. Poor me. I’ve been living in such a small beautiful and attractive town for a year and a half, and I missed all of festivals. Banyuwangi is a small town at the east end of Java Island. The tagline of this town is The Sunrise of Java.

Yeaaa, Banyuwangi is really the sunrise of Java. Everything runs fast here. 5 AM here is just like 7 AM of Jakarta. And this town has hundreds festival that held along the year, and the peak of the festival held to celebrate HARJABA,

Hari Jadi Banyuwangi, the anniversary of Banyuwangi, 18 December. This year, Banyuwangi Festival is held along November to December. Kuwung Festival, Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival, Kebo-keboan, Festival Gandrtng Sewu, Festival Anak Yatim, Banyuwangi Jazz Festival, Banyuwangi Etno Carnival and so on.

And, Festival Gandrung Sewu was held at Dermaga Pantai Boom Banyuwangi at 17 November 2012. Gandrung Sewu means thousand gandrung. And there were really THOUSAND gandrung dancers dancing at Dermaga Pantai Boom. A thousand and four hundred and forty four dancers came from senior gandrung dancers, professional gandrung dancers, and students from elementary, junior high school and high schnol. 




SEnior Vs. Junior 





Gandrung is a native traditional dance of Banyuwangi. The history of Gandrung dance itself was told in the festival as a colossal story. And Jaranan Buto, or that called as JarBut opened the festival. There was about ten to fifteen dancer that costumed as Buto (Giant, Ogre) and bringing horse puppet (we call it Jaranan). 



Jaran Buto: JARBUT 


As the traditional music goes, the magical sense spread on the dance area. Two of dancers change the costume to barongan. As the music going crazier and the incense smoke going darker, the rest of Jarbut were horsewhipping the Barongans. Don’t ever think how it feels. I don’t want to imagine it. 



JArbut Horsewhipping Barong 


And in the rest time of Jarbut performance, there were about four Kucing – kucingan got on to the area. Kucing – kucingan is a mini barongsai. Huge cat puppet performed by two dancers. Okay let see the picture. I can’t explain it well. :D





Kucing - kucingan: Mini Barongsai 


And, the climax of Festival Gandrung Sewu was performed as a colossal story. It opened by performance of male dancer bringing colorful flags figuring Blambangan (the former name of Banyuwangi) as a rich kingdom. 



At 18th centuries, Kompeni (Javanese name for Dutchman that colonize Indonesia) arrived at Blambangan trough Blimbingsari Beach. As the Kompeni came, the indigenous people started to suffer.





Colossal Performance 


The kingdom then took strategy how to beat out Kompeni. Gandrung is an alternative. At the earlier time, gandrung was performed by male dancer as welcominf dance. To beat out the Kompeni, gandrung then performed by female dancer to entertain Kompeni, as Kompeni get infatuated to the dancers (performed by senior gandrung dancers, and Gandrung itself in Indonesian means Infatuation); the plan to colonize Blambangan got messed up. As the Kompeni beaten out, thousand gandrung dancers spread the area and it was instantly got red. Amazing.





Thousand Gandrung Dance 



The colossal was so attractive. Gandrung lanang was performed by Subari Sofyan, the owner of Sanggar Sayu Gringsing. 





Subari Sofyan Performed Gandrung Lanang Followed by Seblang Dancer 


At the festival, there was also Seblang Dancer from Olehsari. An unconscious girl danced at the top roof of stage.










Seblang Performance at The Top Roof of Stage 


Unfortunately, I didn’t finish vatching the colossal performance. I had to get to Gesibu – Blambangan, attending Banyuwangi Jazz Festival. I promise, next year, I whll attend Gandrung Sewu 2013. And you have too..!!
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