A sold-out crowd gathered at Bali's International Convention Center on Saturday, February 9, 2002, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sukarno the founder of the Indonesian Republic, who proclaimed national independence on August 17, 1945.
Sponsored by the Putra Sang Fajar Foundation, who are busily gathering funds for the building of a 'Bung Karno Library,' the evening was hosted by the late President's son and current President's brother, Guruh Sukarno Putra who also produced, directed and choreographed the evening, in addition to writing most of the musical numbers.
After a brief speech by Mas Guruh sharing childhood memories as the son of the charismatic world statesman, the audience was entertained by musical spectacles employing tens of dancers and the musical talents of some of Indonesia's leading recoding artists of the day. In a strongly patriotic evening, musical contributions were made by the hit female recording group AB3; classically trained singer Binu Sukaman; Boy band singing sensation FBI; million-selling song-stylist Chrisye and 10-year-old 'wunderkind' Sherina who is currently appearing on Indonesia's "Just a Smile Away" international ad campaign.
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