Get to Know Nation’s Glory through Babad Diponegoro and Panji Stories
Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Ancient manuscripts are preserved not only through conservation activities, but also by socialising manuscript content to general public. Dissemination of information regarding the contribution of ancient manuscripts to nation's civilisation and culture must be conveyed in up-to-date condition so that the message can be digested by younger generation.
Knowing the content contained in ancient manuscripts makes people understand the history of nation's journey and past glory. This was conveyed by Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando at Memory of the World (MoW) Seminar: Babad Diponegoro and Panji Stories. The two ancient archipelago manuscripts that received recognition from World Memory or MoW from UNESCO, said Syarif Bando, have values that can be taken from their meaning and not merely archipelago stories in the past.
"The most important thing is the figure of Prince Diponegoro at that time, appeared to take the role to fight for the fate of his people. And Panji Manuscript that will tell you about puppet art, performing art, mask art, sculpture art, dance art developing to colour the civilisation at the time, that finally Mahapatih Gajah Mada became a legend that occupies the course of history of the nations in the world, " Syarif Bando explained in his address at National Library Theater Room, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 11, Jakarta, on Tuesday (3/12/2019).
Syarif Bando added, seminar on Babad Diponegoro and Panji Stories showed the role of library as bridges of past, present, and future knowledge. Because the content contained in the text is not only a discussion among academics, but is introduced to general public. "We must rise to negotiate, collaborate, carry out synergy with the Netherlands, so that what is contained there is not only for academics but also the whole community, not only the people in Indonesia but also the people in Southeast Asia, and maybe the world also," he explained.
Director of KITLV from Leiden, Marrik W. Bellen, expressed his happiness over the well-developed cooperation with National Library. The representative from Leiden University in the Netherlands said that Leiden University Library has the largest collection of Indonesia in the world. The seminar is a commitment of National Library and Leiden University Library in facilitating cultural heritage of Indonesian nation. Going forward, Marrik hopes, the two institutions will exchange digitised manuscripts to complete their respective collections so that they can be accessed at National Library and Leiden University Library.
On this occasion, an exchange of digital media collection of Panji Stories was handed over between Director of National Library and Leiden University Library represented by Director of KITLV. From National Library as many as 66 titles and from Leiden University Library as many as 70 titles. At the present time, National Library has 91 Panji Stories manuscripts. The Panji Stories manuscript that has been digitised will be published on khastara.go.id website.
For information, National Library submitted a collection of two ancient manuscripts as World Memory (MoW) nominees. Furthermore, UNESCO named Babad Diponegoro in 2013 and Panji Manuscript in 2017 as World Memory (MoW). The MoW Programme is an international initiative to protect documentary heritage from a variety of hazards, such as danger of damage due to time and climate conditions, intentional or unintentional damage, even the most dangerous one is that the documentary heritage is forgotten by its own people.
Babad Diponegoro Seminar presented speakers who are descendants of Prince Diponegoro, Ki Roni Sadewo and historian on Indonesia, Pieter Carey. Meanwhile, Panji Stories seminar presented such speakers as Henri Nurcahyo and Agam Amintaha.