HomeBlogs Angklung Angklung is a typical art of Banyuwangi. The players are 12 to 14
people. The musical instruments are made of bamboo. Angklung has four
varieties; angklung caruk, angklung tetak, angklung paglak, and
* Angklung Caruk The
word of “caruk” comes from the native Banyuwangi word that means
“meeting”. Two groups meet and compete to play angklung together which
is called angklung caruk. The groups play angklung together to show
their ability and skill to one another and also to the spectators.
There are usually three groups of spectators. One group is supportive
to one angklung group and the other group is supportive to the second
angklung group. The third group of spectators is neutral. As the
result, the performance becomes very merry because of the tendencies of
* Angklung Tetak The
word tetak come from the language that means “guarding in the night”.
Angklung tetak can be a tool that is used to help guard the night.
Angklung tetak became famous in 1950. At its inception the Angklung
tetak grew at the village of Glagah. In 1974, it was being perfected
especially relating to its tone.
* Angklung Paglak Paglak
is a simple hut which is built in the rice field or near a settlement.
The paglak is built from bamboo and it is built about 10 meters above
the land. So, if someone want to enter the hut, he must climb first to
reach it. The function of this building is as a place to guard the rice
paddy from the birds. Farmers usually take care of their rice paddy
while playing the musical instrument of angklung in the paglak. Because
of this, the art is called angklung paglak. A long time ago, before the
harvest, the farmers organized angklung paglak performances.
* Angklung Blambangan Angklung
Blambangan is an improvisation of angklung caruk. The musical
instruments include the gong and a gandrung musical instrument.