Edi Sedyawati

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Edi Sedyawati (b. Malang 28 October 1938) is an Indonesian archeologist and historian.[1][2][3] She is a professor of archeology at the University of Indonesia,[4][5] Chairperson of the university's Department of Javanese Letters and Center for Humanities and Social Sciences and also Chair of the Department of Dance at the Jakarta Institute for Arts.[6] She also served as Indonesia's Director General of Culture in the Ministry of Education and Culture from 1993 to 1999.[7][8]

Sedyawati studied various forms of Indonesian dance in Ikatan Seni Tari Indonesia,[9] and in 1961 she performed in the Indonesian culture mission to China, North Korea, North Vietnam, and the USSR.[7] Although the primary purpose of the culture mission was soft diplomacy to Indonesia's allies, in 2006 Sedyawati wrote in a reflection that the performers primarily benefitted by networking with Indonesians from diverse cultural backgrounds and learning about the various styles of dance and performance art in the archipelago.[10]

In 1960, Sedyawati's work on dating carved statues near Karawang contributed toward proving that the ancient Tarumanagara kingdom embraced Hinduism.[11]


  1. ^ Juliana Harsianti, Going back to tradition. The Nation, 1 May 2017. Accessed 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ Rita Widiadana, NH Dini and her endless soul-searching journey. Jakarta Post, 27 November 2017. Accessed 27 June 2018.
  3. ^ Masajeng Rahmiasri, Cultural movement seeks Indonesian women to wear, preserve kebaya. Jakarta Post, 4 March 2017. Accessed 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ Véronique Degroot, Candi, Space and Landscape: A Study on the Distribution, Orientation and Spatial Organization of Central Javanese Temple Remains, p. v. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2009. ISBN 9789088900396
  5. ^ Jennifer Sidharta, Passing down history through art. Global Indonesian Voices, 2 December 2015. Accessed 27 June 2018.
  6. ^ Art of Indonesia, p. 233. Ed. Haryati Soebadio-Noto Soebagio. Periplus Editions, 1998. ISBN 9789625932378
  7. ^ a b Jennifer Lindsay, Heirs to World Culture: Being Indonesian, 1950-1965, p. 213. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9789004253513
  8. ^ Gunawan Mohamad, Celebrating Indonesia: Fifty Years with the Ford Foundation, 1953-2003, p. 173. New York City: Ford Foundation, 2003. ISBN 9789799796417
  9. ^ Jennifer Lindsay, Heirs to World Culture, p. 214.
  10. ^ Jennifer Lindsay, Heirs to World Culture, pp. 213-214.
  11. ^ Masatoshi Iguchi, Java Essay: The History and Culture of a Southern Country, p. 110. Leicester: Troubador Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781784628857