‘Perempuan Perempuan Chairil’ Promotes Love For Local Theatre And Indonesian Literature

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This article mentions Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)
Written by Umesh Bhagchandani and was originally published in
Nov 15, 2017


A silhouette stands tall on the stage behind a street lamp prop. He lights a cigarette and begins to soliloquy to the audience about women and his banter with his friend about them. The mysterious figure is Chairil Anwar: Indonesia’s prolific poet from the 1940s who is widely known for his individualist and existentialist poems that changed the face of Indonesian literature, and his banter was with HB Jassin, another literary figure of the time, which serves as the opening monologue for Perempuan Perempuan Chairil (Chairil’s Women).

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