Sunday, February 18, 2007

Susi Susanti

Lucia Francisca Susi Susanti born in Tasikmalaya, West Java on 11 February 1971) was an Indonesian badminton player. Sometimes her name is also spelled Susy Susanti. She won the Olympic Gold medal for woman's singles in the 1992 Olympic in Barcelona and the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Susi Susanti is married to Alan Budikusuma, who also won a gold medal winner in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Often considered the finest female badminton player Indonesia produced, Susi Susanti dominated the women's singles event in the early 1990s, winning the All-England in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the World Grand Prix from 1990-1994, and the World Championships in 1993. Susi Susanti also led the Indonesian team to win the Uber Cup in 1994 and 1996.
Susi Susanti was running a badminton racket company with her husband called Alan Susy Technology (Astec) after her retirement.

Jaya Suprana

Jaya Suprana, also Poa Kok Tjin (born January 27, 1949), is an Indonesian composer, pianist, businessman, and television presenter.
Jaya Suprana was born in Denpasar, Bali to Lambang and Lily Suprana; Jaya Suprana is of Chinese descent but grew up within Javanese culture. Jaya Suprana is married to Julia Suprana and has no biological children. Jaya Suprana studied music at Musikhochschule Muenster and Folkwanghochsule Essen, West Germany, between 1967 and 1976, and since then has given piano recitals worldwide, as well as composing his own music. Jaya Suprana also presents his own national weekly talkshow called the Jaya Suprana Show.

Jaya Suprana has been President Director of PT Jamu Jago, one of Indonesia's largest manufacturers of herbal medicine, since 1983, having worked there as Marketing Director since 1976. Apart from his business and musical activities, he established the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) on January 27, 1990, and is its director. Jaya Suprana also founded an orphanage, Panti Asuhan Rotary-Suprana.

Jaya Suprana claims a PhD degree in philosophy and social sciences from the unaccredited Pacific Western University. Jaya Suprana is the chief commissioner of his family-run medicinal herbs producing firm, PT Jamu Cap Jago, in the Central Java capital of Semarang.
Jaya Suprana tours with the group Kwartet Punakawan.

Jahja Ling

Jahja Ling (Chinese ???) is an orchestra conductor. Jahja Ling was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese descent and is now an American citizen. Jahja Ling began to play the piano at age 4 and studied at the Jakarta School of Music. At age 17, he won the Jakarta Piano Competition and, one year later, was awarded a Rockefeller grant to attend The Juilliard School. There he completed a master's degree and studied piano with Mieczyslaw Munz and conducting with John Nelson. He then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music under Otto-Werner Mueller and received a doctor of musical arts degree.

Jahja Ling founded the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 1981, and served as its first Music Director from 1981-1984. Jahja Ling was on the conducting roster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1984-2005, serving as Resident Conductor from 1985-2002. During that time, he also founded the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and was its first music director from 1986-1993. From 2000-2005, Ling was Music Director of the Blossom Music Festival.
From 1988-2002, Jahja Ling was Music Director of the Florida Orchestra, and is now its Music Director Laureate. Since 2004, he has been the Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, with an initial contract for 5 years.

Jahja Ling has been married twice. Jahja Ling and his late first wife, Jane, had two sons, Gabriel and Daniel. His second wife, since 2001, is the pianist Jesse Chang, and they have two children.

Yuni Shara

Yuni Shara is an Indonesian singer, Yuni Shara is the elder sister of singer Krisdayanti. Yuni Shara was born as Wahyu Setyaning Budi in Batu, Malang. Her first debut was in a music festival called Festival Bintang Radio & Televisi in 1987 when she was 15 years old, she won 2nd place. In 1989, Yuni Shara participated in the same festival and she managed to win 1st place. This is where she was offered a record deal by Billboard. Yuni Shara released her first record in 1990 titled Jatuh Cinta Lagi which means Falling In Love Again in English. In 1991 she released another record titled Hilang Permataku, in 1992 she released Salah Tingkah. Her career peaked with the release of the record Mengapa Tiada Maaf in 1995. The record sold 1.5 million copies and BASF awarded her with 4 Platimun Records. She also received 3 more Platinum Record for the Indonesian version of the soundtrack to the martial arts TV series Return of the Condor Heroes.

Her choice of songs are mainly popular old melancholic songs, an example is the Keroncong style. However her career stopped to a halt due to a surge in new pop groups that appealed more to young audience.

Tora Sudiro

Tora Sudiro (born May 10, 1973 in Jakarta) is an Indonesian actor. Tora Sudiro's famous comedy show is Extravaganza, broadcasted by Trans TV. Tora Sudiro movie which received award in the 2004 Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) was Arisan!.

Rhoma Irama

Rhoma Irama (born December 11, 1946, in Tasikmalaya, West Java) is an Indonesian dangdut singer. During the height of his stardom in the 1970s, Rhoma Irama became the self-proclaimed Raja Dangdut (King of Dangdut) with the group Soneta.

Rhoma Irama was known as his stage name Oma Irama before he made a pilgrimage to Mecca and became a haji. He later took the name Rhoma Irama, which is an abbreviation of "Raden Haji Oma Irama" (Raden is an aristocracy title for Javanese and Sundanese cultures, but it is still unknown whether Rhoma Irama is a member of aristocrat class of Sundanese, which is known as his ethnic background).

Rhoma Irama is also well-known as an imam and is the chairman of the Muslim Forum (FUI), a nonpartisan religious organization. In 1992 he taught Cahyono, one of the Indonesian comedians according to his conversion to Islam. Once, Cahyono stated that Rhoma knew all of the Catholic principles as well as its mistakes.

Rhoma Irama was in the news in 2003 for his criticism of the suggestive dancing of fellow dangdut singer Inul Daratista. Recently, he was ineligible to receive the PhD award from the American University of Hawaii in February 2005 after being busted for plagiarizing his title.

In a comprehensive research about dangdut, a local journalist cited an allegation that Rhoma Irama may have stolen some of the tune of his songs from Indian movie theme songs. He also one of the artists on the only CD containing dangdut music in the United States, which was released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as part of its Indonesian music series.

Mariana Renata

Mariana Renata (born December 31, 1983 in Paris, France) is an Indonesian actress.
Born to a French father Andre Dantec and an Indonesian mother of Javanese-Chinese-Italian descent, Anita Kirana, Mariana Renata has graced the catwalks of Paris, Jakarta, Singapore, Vietnam before she became one of the nationwide icons for Lux's soap brand.

A former student of English Literature at Sorbonne University by LIF-graduated, Paris, Mariana Renata has enrolled herself in a master's degree program, majoring in Business & Commerce at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

In 2005 she took a small-role in an Indonesian movie titled Joni's Promise.
Mariana Renata was featured in the made-for-Indonesian-market version of Josh Groban's music video, "She's Out of My Life".
Mariana Renata was featured in Indonesia TV Series Dunia Tanpa Koma (DTK), playing the role of herself.
Mariana Renata is currently dating her co-star in movie Joni’s Promise, Indonesian actor Nicholas Saputra.

Nadine Chandrawinata

Nadine Chandrawinata (born May 8, 1984 in Hannover, Germany) was Miss Indonesia 2005, and a delegate representing Indonesia in the 2006 Miss Universe Pageant. Nadine Chandrawinata was the second Miss Indonesia to participate in the pageant (preceded by Artika Sari Devi) after a long hiatus in 1996. Her mother is German and her father is Chinese-Indonesian. She has two siblings, twins Marcel and Mischa, who are also models and actors. She measures 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) in height and 114 lb (52 kg) in weight

Despite her stunning beauty and modelesque figure, many doubted her public speaking ability since she stuttered a lot during interviews. Nadine Chandrawinata has also repeatedly used incorrect words from time to time. Her English is limited, which was made obvious in an interview published in the Miss Universe 2006 website. For subsequent question and answer sessions, she used a translator.Although she was born in Hannover and is of German descent, her family relocated to Jakarta when she was 3 years old, which explains her limited German. Currently, Nadine Chandrawinata is pursuing her studies at the London School of Public Relations in Jakarta. During her Miss Universe 2006 interview, Nadine Chandrawinata mistakenly stated that "Indonesia is a beautiful 'city'".Her ethnicity was one of the reasons she was being criticized. Her physical features were deemed 'too foreign' and not representative of the typical Indonesian women. Some people, however, commended her victory as there were not many people of minority ethnic groups who had accomplished such fea