HIM Damsyik

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HIM Damsyik bin Inci Djafar
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Born
Incik Muhammad Damsyik

(1929-03-14)14 March 1929
Teluk Betung, Lampung, Dutch East Indies
Died3 February 2012(2012-02-03) (aged 82)
Jakarta
Resting placeKarTanah KusirCemetery
NationalityIndonesian
Alma materRellum Dancing School
OccupationDancer, film actor
Known forSitti Nurbaya (TV series)
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Spouse(s)Linda Damsyik
Children5

Hajji Incik Muhammad Damsyik (14 March 1929 – 3 February 2012), better known as HIM Damsyik was an Indonesian dancer and actor.

Biography[edit]

Damsyik was born in Teluk Betung, Lampung, Dutch East Indies on 14 March 1929.[1] His father was the director of employees of the Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij, a shipping company. In the 1950s, he moved to Jakarta to further his education; at the same time he learning and competing in Ballroom Dance.[2] After winning a competition, he spent four years studying at the Rellum Dancing School in the Netherlands.[3]

Upon returning to Indonesia, Damsyik began giving private dance lessons.[2] In 1959 he was approached by Wim Umboh to do the choreography for Bertamasaya (Picnic); Damsyik ended up acting in the film as well.[3]

Damsyik became popular in 1992 after playing the antagonist Datuk Meringgih in Dedi Setiadi's serial adaptation of Marah Roesli's novel Sitti Nurbaya (1922).[3][4] Although he first considered not taking the role, after the series' cancellation he continued to identify with it.[2]

On 12 July 2002 Damsyik was selected as the head of the Indonesian Dance Association, under the National Sports Committee of Indonesia.[2]

Towards the end of 2011, Damsyik fell ill and in and out of the hospital. A first diagnosis, at Puri Cinere Hospital, was for Dengue. Two weeks afterwards, he was admitted to the Metropolitan Medical Centre (MMC); two weeks after his release, he was back at MMC,[5] where he began undergoing treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome. Damsyik died at Cinere Hospital in South Jakarta at roughly 2:00 a.m. local time (UTC+7) on 3 February 2012.[1] He was buried at Karet Bivak the same day.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Damsyik was married to Linda Damsyik, a dance instructor.[7] Together the couple had five children[3] and ran several dance studios in Jakarta.[7] Before his death, Damsyik was 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) tall and weighed 55 kilograms (121 lb).[2]

References[edit]

Footnotes
Bibliography
  • "Dance as if nobody is watching you". The Jakarta Post. 9 April 2000. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  • Eneste, Pamusuk (2001). Bibliografi Sastra Indonesia [Bibliography of Indonesian Literature] (in Indonesian). Magelang, Indonesia: Yayasan Indonesiatera. ISBN 978-979-9375-17-9.
  • Krismantari, Ika (4 February 2012). "Obituary: Dancing actor HIM Damsyik". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  • Maullana, Ika; Kamil, Ati (3 February 2012). "Gerimis Iringi Pemakaman HIM Damsyik" [Drizzle Accompanies the Burial of HIM Damsyik]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  • Maullana, Ika; Kamil, Ati (13 February 2012). "Melemah, HIM Damsyik Dirawat di Rumah Sakit" [Weak, HIM Damsyik is Treated at the Hospital]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  • "Senior actor HIM Damsyik dies at 82". The Jakarta Post. 3 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  • Sofyan, Eko Hendrawan (3 February 2012). "Dunia Dansa Si Datuk Maringgih" [Datuk Meringgih's World of Dance]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.

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