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Monday, 5 August 2019


On Sunday 04/08/2019 yesterday the village of Tuksono, Sentolo sub-district, Kulonprogo Regency, Yogyakarta held the Oglek Festivall in the context of efforts to preserve the type of art that became an icon of the village of Tuksono. This activity was initiated by the Tuksono Cultural Village Board along with the Village Head and his staff. This year's Oglek Festival is the first festival to be held. This activity took place in the Sendang Kamulyan Taruban complex. Besides that, this festival event was also held in order to provide space for the actualization of the Art Studio in Tuksono. On that occasion also displayed the ability of children of Tuksono cultural arts activists who are members of Amarta Art Studio, Karang sub-village of Tuksono village.

In this inaugural Oglek festival there are still very few participants, only 5 Oglek groups. These five groups are indeed from dukuh which currently still still have the Oglek Group. However, as stated by the Head of Tuksono Village: "In the future it is expected that in each dukuh, new Oglek groups will grow so that in the festival next year the number of participants will increase or increase".
Oglek Art was created by Mbah Rubikin Noto (Sruntul) Sunaryo or commonly called Rubikin (Sruntul) in 1957. Oglek art is a typical Tuksono art that is very popular with the public. This art is easily recognizable because it is very unique and interesting. The word Oglek itself comes from the word "Oglek-oglek" which means the dance has straight movements from head to waist.

Oglek has similarities with Jathilan art, dynamic movements with broken styles brought with four core dancers. This dance illustrates the war between Sutiwijoyo and Arya Penangsan. Dancers wear yellow costumes and ride braids, when experiencing a trance of the spirit that is called by the handler, the movements become dynamic and flexible. His body when whipped by the handler does not feel pain. Uniquely, this Oglek staging must have its own ritual offerings performed at the staging place.

Oglek's art tells the same story in every stage, the battle of Sutowijoyo and Aryo Penangsang becomes an interesting story and the story does not change. Originally, Oglek's art consisted of 5 parts of the scene, so that if it was responded to or staged would take approximately 3 hours. Oglek art is an example of art favored by the people of Tuksono Village, this can be seen from the many requests of the community to be staged again. This art group performs at festivals, celebrations and gets invitations to perform outside the city.
In the course of time the art of Oglek suffered a setback due to the lack of voluntary interest in the art of Oglek. At present in Tuksono, the Oglek art group has only 6 groups left from 12 sub-villages in the Tuksono seda, different from the past where Oglek art was in each hamlet. The withdrawal of Oglek art is one proof that elements of local culture have begun to be abandoned by the people.

Hopefully what is now done by the Tuksono cultural village through the Oglek festival will revive public interest in traditional arts and other traditional traditions that are currently still running in the process of modernization.

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