The animated Doodle of today honours the Angklung, a bamboo-made musical instrument from Indonesia. On this date in 2010, UNESCO formally designated angklung as a heritage.
Angklung usually has a base, two tubes, and other components. The pitch of the angklung is determined by the bamboo tubes, which are carved by skilled artisans into various diameters. The instrument generates a single note when the bamboo base is lightly shaken or tapped. Players must work together to generate tunes by shaking their angklungs at various pitches because they can only play a single note.
The West Java region of Indonesia is where the Angklung originated 400 years ago. The villagers had the belief that Déwi Sri, the goddess of rice and prosperity, might be attracted by the sound of bamboo. The top artisans in the area made angklungs every year out of unique black bamboo. They performed Angklungs and staged ceremonies during the harvest season in the hopes that the deity would grant them abundant harvests.
The government frequently conducts Angklung performances to greet important visitors to Indonesia’s Presidential Palace because the instrument is still a key part of Indonesian culture. Since it’s a great way for instructors to introduce pupils to Indonesian music and culture, the uplifting melody of angklung may be heard in classrooms all around the world.
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