Siti Nurbaya, Kasih Tak Sampai : The Musical Play

29 Mar 2014 - 30 Mar 2014

The wonders of Indonesia do not only emanate from the country's enchanting natural landscapes and charming traditional cultures, but also from fascinating stories found in its literature.


From 29th to 30rd March 2014, one of the most everlasting love stories ever written in Indonesia will come alive in the Musical Play of Siti Nurbaya: Kasih Tak Sampai (Unrequited Love) scheduled to take place at the Jakarta Theatre Building, Ismail Marzuki Art Center, Jakarta.


Presented by Kharisma Production and supported by Djarum Foundation, the classic love story will be wrapped in contemporary pop style without diminishing its authentic West Sumatra’s Minangkabau origins. Directed by one of the most renowned names in the Indonesian art scene, Denny Malik, the show will feature among Indonesia's most popular singers and musicians including Andi /rif, Aryo Wahab, Iman J-Rocks, Candil,  Dewi Gita, Denada, Netta, Aria "Samsons", Leona "The Voice", Arro "The Voice", and more.

The show will also involve over 150 dancers and complemented with the latest sound system, lighting, and visual effect to ensure a spectacular ambience.


Often compared to Romeo and Juliet and the Chinese tale of the Butterfly Lovers (Sampek Engtay), the tragic romantic tale of Siti Nurbaya first appeared as a novel written by Marah Rusli and published by Balai Pustaka, the state-owned publishers and literary bureau of the Dutch East Indies, in 1922.


 Set in the background of Padang in West Sumatra during the Dutch colonial era, Siti Nurbaya tells the story of two teenage lovers, Siti Nurbaya and Samsul Bahri, who were deeply in love with each other but had to  separate when Samsul Bahri was forced to go to Batavia. Not long afterwards, Siti Nurbaya’s father, Baginda Sulaiman, fell into bankruptcy which forced him to borrow money from Datuk Maringgih. Siti Nurbaya unhappily offered herself to marry the abusive and rich Datuk Maringgih as a means for her father to escape paying his debt. Datuk Marinngih eventually killed Siti Nurbaya after she  unwittingly  ate the  cake poisoned by Datuk Maringgih's men on his orders.


Ten years later, Datuk Maringgih led an uprising against the Dutch colonial government to protest against the tax increase policy. During the uprising, Samsul Bahri (now a soldier for the Dutch) came face to face with Datuk Maringgih and killed him, but Samsul himself was also mortally wounded. He eventually died and was buried next to Siti Nurbaya.

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