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.
Lolo SoetoroLolo Soetoro
02 January 1935
Stepfather of Barack Obama
SukarnoSukarno
06 June 1901
President of Indonesia

Rich BrianRich Brian
03 September 1999
Rrapper

Joko WidodoJoko Widodo
21 June 1961
President of Indonesia

Joe TaslimJoe Taslim
23 June 1981
Actor

Candace NelsonCandace Nelson
08 May 1974
Pastry Chef
Agnez MoAgnez Mo
01 July 1986
Singer-songwriter

Abdurrahman WahidAbdurrahman Wahid
07 September 1940
Former President of Indonesia

Ahmad SuradjiAhmad Suradji
10 January 1949
Serial Killer
Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar
26 July 1922
Poet

Adam MalikAdam Malik
22 July 1917
Former Vice President of Indonesia
Leida MargarethaLeida Margaretha
12 May 1989
Television Personality

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Bashir
17 August 1938
Cleric

Alice NorinAlice Norin
21 June 1987
Actress

Nikita KusumaNikita Kusuma
16 December 1996
Vlogger

Iko UwaisIko Uwais
12 February 1983
Actor
SuhartoSuharto
08 June 1921
Politician, Military personnel

B. J. HabibieB. J. Habibie
25 June 1936
President of Indonesia

AnggunAnggun
29 April 1974
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Megawati SukarnoputriMegawati Sukarnoputri
23 January 1947
Politician
Dewi SukarnoDewi Sukarno
06 February 1940
Socialite

Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
09 September 1949
Politician, Officer
Julie EstelleJulie Estelle
04 January 1989
Actress

Prabowo SubiantoPrabowo Subianto
17 October 1951
Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel

HamkaHamka
17 February 1908
Journalist, Philosopher
Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
26 August 1936
Political scientist

Gajah MadaGajah Mada
1290 AD
Prime Minister
Mohammad HattaMohammad Hatta
12 August 1902
Politician

Cinta LauraCinta Laura
17 August 1993
Actor, Singer, Model

Joey AlexanderJoey Alexander
25 June 2003
Jazz musician
SudirmanSudirman
24 January 1916
Military personnel

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Pramoedya Ananta ToerPramoedya Ananta Toer
06 February 1925
Novelist, Writer, Essayist
DiponegoroDiponegoro
11 November 1785
Prince

Nadya HutagalungNadya Hutagalung
28 July 1974
Actor, Model

Abdul Haris NasutionAbdul Haris Nasution
03 December 1918
Politician

Jusuf KallaJusuf Kalla
15 May 1942
Politician, Entrepreneur
Mochtar RiadyMochtar Riady
1929 AD
entrepreneur
Hayam WurukHayam Wuruk
1334 AD
King

Rhoma IramaRhoma Irama
11 December 1946
Musician

Sutan SjahrirSutan Sjahrir
05 March 1909
Political Leader

Lil DagoverLil Dagover
30 September 1887
Film Actress
Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
02 May 1889
Activist

Siti HartinahSiti Hartinah
23 August 1923
Wife of Indonesian president

Sultan Agung of MataramSultan Agung of Mataram
1593 AD
Sultan

Tuanku Imam BonjolTuanku Imam Bonjol
1772 AD
Religious leader

Andrea HirataAndrea Hirata
24 October 1967
author, writer
Agus SalimAgus Salim
08 October 1884
Religious leader

AirlanggaAirlangga
0990 AD
King
Ahmad DahlanAhmad Dahlan
01 August 1868
Islamic revivalist

Iskandar MudaIskandar Muda
1593 AD
Sultan

Joe Hin TjioJoe Hin Tjio
02 November 1919
Scientist
Kertanegara of SinghasariKertanegara of Singhasari
Ruler

Sri Mulyani IndrawatiSri Mulyani Indrawati
26 August 1962
Economist, Politician, University teacher
Tjipto MangoenkoesoemoTjipto Mangoenkoesoemo
04 March 1886
Nationalist leader

Hasan TiroHasan Tiro
25 August 1925
Leader

Maria DermoûtMaria Dermoût
15 June 1888
Novelist

NikiNiki
24 January 1999
Singer

DharmawangsaDharmawangsa
King
Henk BadingsHenk Badings
17 January 1907
Composer

Mpu PrapancaMpu Prapanca
1300 AD
Author

Ageng Tirtayasa of BantenAgeng Tirtayasa of Banten
1631 AD
Sultan

Hanna RamadiniHanna Ramadini
21 February 1995
badminton player
Rachmat WitoelarRachmat Witoelar
02 June 1941
Diplomat

Aleta BaunAleta Baun
16 March 1966
Environmental activist
Dinar Dyah AyustineDinar Dyah Ayustine
18 October 1993
Badminton player

Arie PoldervaartArie Poldervaart
06 July 1918
Geologist and Petrologist

Omar Said TjokroaminotoOmar Said Tjokroaminoto
16 August 1882
Politicians
Ibrahim Datuk Tan MalakaIbrahim Datuk Tan Malaka
02 June 1897
Minangkabau communist leader

Daing ParaniDaing Parani
Political leader
Arung SingkangArung Singkang
1700 AD
Rebel

Fitriani FitrianiFitriani Fitriani
27 December 1998
badminton player

Raja HajiRaja Haji
1727 AD
Warrior