Gesang Should hold a National Hero Status
"Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it" and "A
great nation is one which fully appreciates its heroes." say popular
English aphorism and national adage. Then, proposing an important person
who has taken a role in our nation history is important. I think Gesang
should be a national hero.
Who have never heard Bengawan Solo song? I doubt it if there is. This
keroncong song has been a part of national voices. Gesang is a senior
composer whose songs gained fame all the way to Japan. He has received a
number of awards in art and everyone will admit that his art talent was
dedicated to this nation.
Government has declared the other great composer; WR. Suratman and
Ismail Marzuki as national Heroes. Gesang might not be compared to
others, but in my opinion, Gesang is as great as them. All of them are
maestros. Due to his keroncong music maestro, Gesang has taken a role in
building our national identity.
It is obvious that government should name Gesang National Hero. We
should not delay and wait for, in case, our neighbor countries or other
international communities go a head to recognize him and grant an award
for what he deserves.