Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world, is home to about 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources. Especially famous for its diverse array of musical genres, Indonesia has given birth to several famous musicians and singers who enjoy immense popularity not only in their own country, but also in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The nation boasts of various dance traditions such as Javanese, Sundanese, Minangkabau, Balinese, Malays, and Acehnese, and of late the Indonesians are also incorporating elements of western ballet and modern dance into their repertoire. The nation’s film industry thrived in the 20th century with figures like Deddy Mizwar, Eva Arnaz, Meriam Bellina, and Rano Karno taking Indonesian cinema to new heights. In the contemporary era television is another one of those fields where Indonesians have made a name for themselves. Indonesian literature and poetry also flourished in the 20th century. Chairil Anwar was considered the greatest literary figure of Indonesia for being among those writers who pioneered in changing the traditional Indonesian literature and modifying it following the nation’s independence. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Indonesians.
Joko WidodoJoko Widodo
(President of Indonesia)

21 June 1961

Rich BrianRich Brian

03 September 1999

Lolo SoetoroLolo Soetoro
(Stepfather of Barack Obama)

02 January 1935

Abdurrahman WahidAbdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)

07 September 1940

Agnez MoAgnez Mo

01 July 1986

Candace NelsonCandace Nelson
(Pastry Chef)

08 May 1974

Ahmad SuradjiAhmad Suradji
(Serial Killer)

10 January 1949

Adam MalikAdam Malik
(Former Vice President of Indonesia)

22 July 1917

Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar

26 July 1922

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Bashir

17 August 1938

Alice NorinAlice Norin

21 June 1987

Leida MargarethaLeida Margaretha
(Television Personality)

12 May 1989

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Nikita KusumaNikita Kusuma

16 December 1996

Prabowo SubiantoPrabowo Subianto
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel)

17 October 1951


06 June 1901

(Politician, Military personnel)

08 June 1921

James LongstreetJames Longstreet
(Diplomat, Military personnel)

08 January 1821

(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

29 April 1974

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Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(Politician, Officer)

09 September 1949

Megawati SukarnoputriMegawati Sukarnoputri

23 January 1947

Dewi SukarnoDewi Sukarno

06 February 1940

Jusuf KallaJusuf Kalla
(Politician, Entrepreneur)

15 May 1942

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
(Political scientist)

26 August 1936

Mohammad HattaMohammad Hatta

12 August 1902

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(Journalist, Philosopher)

17 February 1908

(Military personnel)

24 January 1916

Cinta LauraCinta Laura
(Actor, Singer, Model)

17 August 1993

Nadya HutagalungNadya Hutagalung
(Actor, Model)

28 July 1974

Pramoedya Ananta ToerPramoedya Ananta Toer
(Novelist, Writer, Essayist)

06 February 1925

Mochtar RiadyMochtar Riady

1929 AD

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Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
(Politician, Philosopher)

02 May 1889

Andrea HirataAndrea Hirata
(author, writer)

24 October 1967

Sri Mulyani IndrawatiSri Mulyani Indrawati
(Economist, Politician, University teacher)

26 August 1962

Rachmat WitoelarRachmat Witoelar

02 June 1941

Hanna RamadiniHanna Ramadini
(badminton player)

21 February 1995

Dinar Dyah AyustineDinar Dyah Ayustine
(Badminton player)

18 October 1993

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Bacharuddin Jusuf HabibieBacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
(Engineer, Aviation Industrialist, Politician, President)

25 June 1936