Inul Daratista

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Inul Daratista
Inul Daratista 2004.JPG
Inul Daratista after concert in Singapore, 2004
Background information
Native name
Birth nameAinur Rokhimah
Also known asBunda Ratu
Born (1979-01-21) January 21, 1979 (age 40)
Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Years active2000 – present

Inul Daratista (born Ainur Rokhimah on January 21, 1979) is a dangdut singer and performance artist from Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. She became nationally famous in 2003, and is known for her suggestive style of dancing that caused major controversy in Indonesia. Inul is a corrupted version of Ainur, and the singer's childhood pet name. As she began her musical career singing in a 'rock' band, she adopted the stage name Daratista.

Inul Daratista rose to national prominence after a televised January 2003 concert in Jakarta. Her dance moves, which she calls Goyang Inul, goyang-gerudi, or ngebor (lit. 'drilling'), quickly became the source of controversy due to her gyrating hip motions. Some conservative Muslim organizations such as the Indonesian Muslim Council (MUI) called for a ban on her concerts.[1] She was cited as a reason to pass a national anti-pornography bill that was drafted during the height of the controversy in mid-2003 and became a law in October 2008.[2] Inul's dance style was also criticised by other dangdut singers, most vocally Rhoma Irama, for "corrupting" the genre, though these criticisms did little to dent her popularity.


Inul's birth name, Ainur Rokhimah, means “eyes of blessed love”.[3] Her stage name, Inul Daratista, is often mistranslated as “the girl with breasts”.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

When only 16 years old and in her first year of senior high school, Inul on 29 May 1995 married Adam Suseno, who was then 21 years old.[6] The couple's first child, Yusuf Ivander Damares, was born on 19 May 2009.


  • 2003 Goyang Inul
  • 2004 Separuh Nafas
  • 2005 Too Phat – Rebirth Into Reality
  • 2006 Mau Dong
  • 2006 Ash-Sholaatu
  • 2008 Rasain Lho
  • 2012 Buaya Buntung
  • 2014 Masa Lalu
  • 2015 The Best of Inul Daratista

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Walsh, Bryan (March 17, 2003). "Inul's Rules". Time. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Thompson, Geoff (31 October 2008). "Indonesia passes tough new anti-porn laws". ABC News. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ Holmgren, Meredith (12 December 2006). "Gyrating to the top". Freemuse. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ Walsh, Bryan (17 March 2003). "Inul's Rules". Time. Retrieved 3 July 2017. This is the article cited by Weintraub2008 as containing the mistranslation
  5. ^ ‘Dance drills, faith spills’: Islam, body politics, and popular music in post-Suharto Indonesia, Popular Music Volume 27/3, 2008 Cambridge University Press, Andrew N. Weintraub, page 390 (footnote #27)
  6. ^ Maharrani, Anindhita (23 January 2009). "Inul Bertahan karena Mas Adam". PT. Viva Media Baru. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

External links[edit]

  • ['t-Lie_04-03-07.pdf "Hips Don't Lie: A pop singer and a potentially violent culture war in the world's biggest Muslim state."], "The Wall Street Journal", April 3, 2007