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Antonina Suryantari tries to get her son, Ian Suryantoro, 1, to wear his hat.

Photographer: Lauren Pond

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Ohio University student Taufik Mulyadin, dressed as a West Javanese character from the underworld, scrubs red make-up off of his feet after his performance at Indonesian Night.

Photographer: Lauren Pond

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Amy K. Miller, of the Ohio University Mixed Martial Arts Club, performs during Indonesian Night.

Photographer: Lauren Pond

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Indonesian Night entertains Friday night audience [PHOTOS]


The Baker University Center Ballroom was buzzing with excitement on Jan. 31 during Ohio University's seventh annual Indonesian Night, which was hosted by The Indonesian Student Union and The Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesian Amerika Serikat (PERMIAS).

The evening began with a jovial narrative called, "When Cepot Came to OU," which introduced the audience to the Indonesian wooden puppet that would become the emcee of the event. The film captured the puppet traveling to Ohio University, studying in Alden Library and ultimately turning in his dissertation to his dean's office.

The puppet and his assistant, Riana Upton, guided the spectators through the rest of the various student and faculty performances featured during the evening. ­

The performances gave the diverse members of the audience a taste of Indonesian culture and featured performances of Balinese Dance, Pencak Silat Martial Arts and Anglung music.

The Anglung Ensemble performed both a traditional Indonesian folk song and tribute to Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love You" which was sung in two languages.

William Condee concluded the performances with a special Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show. This form of storytelling, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is designated as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity. This notion was demonstrated by Condee's delivery of several Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber jokes.

After the performances, the audience was invited to indulge in an authentic Indonesian dinner which included dishes such as Chicken Satay, Beef Rendang, Tofu Balado and Kerupuk.

Gene Ammarell, director of Southeast Asian Studies, admitted that the event gets better and better every year and that he cannot imagine what next year's event will have in store.

The evening concluded with a popular line dance from Eastern Indonesia called "Poco-Poco."

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Ohio University students Riana Upton and Taufik Mulyadin interact on stage during Indonesian Night. Photo by Lauren Pond.

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Ohio University professor William Condee performs a shadow puppet show. Photo by Lauren Pond.

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Kadek Purnawan from the University of Indiana-Bloomington performs a Balinese dance. Photo by Lauren Pond.

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Teng Koytry serves klepon, an appetizer made of glutinous rice powder and coconut, to Ohio University student Nor Roslina Rosli. Photo by Lauren Pond.