Google Doodle Celebrates Ismail Marzuki Indonesian composer named as the Indonesian National Hero

Who Was Ismail Marzuki ?

Today’s Google honours Ismail Marzuki also known as Bang Ma’ing was an Indonesian composer, songwriter and musician who was named as a national hero for his patriotic songs which played a wide role during the nation’s independence movement.

He wrote around 202 to 240 songs between 1931 and 1958.Among his best-known works are “Halo, Halo Bandung”, “Gugur Bunga”, and “Rayuan Pulau Kelapa”. In 1968, he was honoured with the creation of the well-known Taman Ismail Marzuki (the Ismail Marzuki Park, often called TIM) which is a cultural centre in Menteng in Central Jakarta. This is the Jakarta Art Center – Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), which serves as a hub for the preservation of Indonesia’s cultural heritage and creative innovation in fine arts, music, theatre, dance, and film.In 2004 he was declared one of the National Heroes of Indonesia.

Early Life :

On May 11, 1914, Ismail Marzuki was born in Kwitang, Central Jakarta, Indonesia. This region was under Dutch colonial rule. Although very few

Ismail Marzuki (bottom right, playing saxophone) with The Jazz Division of Lief Java Orchestra, 1936.
Ismail Marzuki (bottom right, playing the saxophone) with The Jazz Division of Lief Java Orchestra, 1936 Pic credit: Wikipedia

musicians were there in this community at that time, Marzuki grew up practising up to five hours a day to master eight instruments: harmonica, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, violin, accordion, saxophone, and piano. At the age of 17, he composed the first of the hundreds of songs he would produce throughout his career.

Marzuki has been described as “having good instincts for music”, as well as a “genius” and “legendary”.Besides as a piano, saxophone, guitar, accordion, and harmonium player, he has considered the best singer at that time with a heavy and deep baritone voice which some of his friends gave him the nickname “Bing Crosby from Kwitang”.

On 17 August 1961 Marzuki received the first Wijaya Kusuma award from President Suharto.