Who doesn’t know angklung? This West Javanese art is now global. Of course this thing boasts. However, for the author, this is also astounding. The reason is, in 1990, when the writer talked with angklung figure, Mang Udjo, at his residence, Jalan Padasuka, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, there were words that made him sad. “The future of angklung art in our homeland is grim …” he said. “Yes, gloomy!” he stressed. Although the “Angklung Education Foundation” has many students, but Mang Udjo does not have a favorite student.
That is, the next generation of angklung art until then has not been seen. In fact, since the foundation was established, the angklung lessons he gave every afternoon were free. The phrase Mang Udjo is reasonable. The reason is, since he retired from teaching a school of teacher education in Bandung, in 1984, angklung art in schools became stopped. After all, at that time, young people in Bandung loved Western culture and forgot their own culture. Then, how can angklung be global now? Of course because of the role of the current generation that has a significant impact on the development of angklung art. Unfortunately, Mang Udjo is gone, the author cannot ask for his response on this exciting matter. It’s okay. What is important is that history has noted that the existence of angklung art cannot be separated from the role of Mang Udjo.
Yes, angklung art can be global because of the role of the darling pupil dieng Sutigna named Udjo Ngalagena. It was the next generation of angklung art after Padaeng Sutigna died. The move of Mang Udjo for the development of angklung art has been publicly acknowledged. Various awards from the government have been received.