National Anthem of Indonesia

National Anthem of Indonesia

Indonesia Tanah Airku, Tanah Tumpah Darahku,
Di sanalah aku berdiri, jadi pandu ibuku.
Indonesia kebangsaanku, bangsa dan tanah airku,
Marilah kita berseru, Indonesia bersatu.
Hiduplah tanahku, hiduplah negeriku,
Bangsaku, rakyatku, semuanya.
Bangunlah jiwanya, bangunlah badannya,
Untuk Indonesia Raya.
Indonesia Raya, Merdeka, Merdeka
Tanahku, negeriku yang kucinta.
Indonesia Raya, Merdeka, Merdeka
Hiduplah Indonesia Raya.
Indonesia Raya, Merdeka, Merdeka
Tanahku, negeriku yang kucinta.
Indonesia Raya, Merdeka, Merdeka
Hiduplah Indonesia Raya.

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English Translation

Indonesia, my native land,
My place of birth,
Where I stand guard
Over my motherland

Indonesia, my nationality,
My people and my country
Let us all cry
For united Indonesia.

Long live my land,
Long live my country,
My nation and all my people.
Arouse their spirit,
Arouse their bodies
For Great Indonesia.

Great Indonesia, free and independent,
The land, the country I love
Great Indonesia, free and independent,
Long live Indonesia.

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"Indonesia Raya" or the "Great Indonesia" in English is the national anthem of Indonesia. Adopted on 1945 the national anthem of Indonesia was written and the music was given by Wage Rudolf Soepratman.

History

The Indonesian national anthem was introduced by its composer at 28th October, 1928 in a national youth convention in Batavia, now Jakarta. The colonial policy of the day was 'Divide and Rule' which deliberately aggravated language, ethnic, cultural and religious differences amongst the people. Indonesia's national anthem was first sung as a Nationalist Party song in 1928 and soon became popular as it was echoed at Indonesian political rallies, where people stood in solemn observance. The Indonesian anthem aroused national consciousness among the people throughout the archipelago.

The national anthem of Indonesia marked the birth of the all- archipelago nationalist movement in Indonesia. It stressed on the idea of one single "Indonesia" as successor to the Dutch East Indies, then split into several colonies. It was the Chinese Indonesian weekly 'Sin Po' that took the daring step and published the Indonesian national anthem for the first time. It was a daring act of defiance towards the Dutch authorities which the people of the Chinese Indonesian community still take pride in.

 

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