Bagong Kussudiardja (9th October 1928-15 Juni 2004) was a very influential artist in Indonesia. He was an expert in traditional and contemporary performing Art. Beside his career in performing Art, he was also a talented painter. On March 1958 he established a public training centre for maintaining traditional dance (especially from Javanese cultural herritage) and developing contemporary Performing Art (i.e: dance,theater) named "Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja". Bagong was also contributed to the Indonesian struggles for Independence. His achievements in Art are considered as a cultural exemplar in the history of Modern Indonesia postcolonial era.