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Bintang Radio Contest as Effort to Build a National Identity, 1950s

  • Dhanang Respati Puguh Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Diponegoro, 50275, Indonesia
  • Rafngi Mufidah Master Program of History, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Diponegoro, 50275, Indonesia
Issue       Vol 3 No 4 (2020): Talenta Conference Series: Local Wisdom, Social, and Arts (LWSA)
Section       Articles
Keywords: Radio Republik Indonesia Bintang Radio National Culture Music Art
Published 2020-12-04


This article discusses Bintang Radio Contest organized by Radio Republik Indonesia in the 1950s. The article was compiled using historical methods and using a range of contemporary sources such as magazines (Berita Radio, Mimbar Indonesia, Star Weekly, and National), articles, monographs, and books. Bintang Radio contest was held due to the fact that Indonesian people had not acquired adequate music and vocal education. The main purpose in organizing Bintang Radio Contest is to provide motivation and understanding to singers to sing professionally, in which they must have provisions on musical techniques and insight; changing people’s perceptions; and exchange ideas about music. Bintang Radio Contest was held by selection from preliminary in the regional to final rounds in the national level by certain evaluation criteria. The organizing of Bintang Radio Contest as an effort to establish a national identity.