Sunday, May 17, 2009

The National Anthem of Indonesia

"Indonesia Raya", Indonesia's national anthem, first appeared as a Nationalist Party song in 1928 and published in "Sin Po", a weekly Chinese-Indonesian newspaper of that same year. The Party was working for Indonesian independence from Netherlands. The anthem composer, Wage Rudolph Soepratman, introduced the song in a youth convention in Batavia (now Jakarta), to support the idea of a united Indonesia. Under Dutch colonial rule, the anthem was forbidden to be sung, and after a successful independence declaration in 1945, the song was adopted as the national anthem.

This miniature sheet featuring the national anthem was issued on October 2008 in Jakarta to commemorate the country's hosting of the 22nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition.