What Is The Angklung? Google Doodle

by Anchal Thakur

What Is The Angklung? The angklung is featured in today’s Google Doodle, but what exactly is it? The importance of the Indonesian invention is examined by HITC.

Google creates animated versions of their iconic logo to celebrate holidays, historical figures, or artistic creations. On November 16, 2022, the angklung will be honored.

This is the second time the angklung has been highlighted; the first time, in 2016, the subject was music teacher Daeng Soetigna, whose redesign of the instrument helped Indonesian music gain international recognition.

Continue reading to learn more about the historical creation that is still a common sight in the nation of Southeast Asia.

What Is The Angklung?

An animation of six cartoon characters playing the angklung serves as the Google Doodle’s tribute to the instrument. The fact that every player is of a different ethnicity shows how widespread the angklung is.

The angklung is an instrument made in Indonesia from various bamboo tubes fastened to a bamboo frame. The tubes have a resonant pitch when struck because of how they are carved. A repeating note is produced by shaking the instrument from side to side while holding the base of the frame with one hand.

Because angklungs can only play one note, musicians in an ensemble must work together to produce a complete melody by playing their instruments at different pitches at the appropriate times.

Real meaning of Angklung

Angka and lung are the roots of the word angklung. The term can refer to broken tone or unfinished because the first word means tone and the second word is broken.

It was performed 400 years ago in West Java, Indonesia, in honor of Dewi Sri, the fertility and rice goddess. In order to ask the deity to bless their land and lives, the villagers made angklungs and used them in their yearly rituals.

UNESCO designated the invention a World Heritage object on November 16, 2010. Because the angklung is essential to Indonesian traditional customs, cultural identity, and arts, it is listed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.