The Buncis Angklung is a performing art that is entertainment to be found in Baros (Arjasari, Bandung). At first, The Buncis Angklung is used in agricultural events played by the parents while keeping the rice in the rice fields turning yellow. However in the present, The Buncis Angklung is used as an entertainment art. This is related to the changing view of society that began less heed to the things of ancient beliefs.
In the 1940s can be regarded as the end of the ritual function of The Buncis Angklung in the respect of rice. In line with that, the rice storage places (leuit; barn) also begins to disappear from people’s homes, replaced with sacks which are more practical, and easy to carry everywhere. Even now the rice are directly sold, not being stored in the barn. Thus the art of The Buncis Angklung that were used for events of ngunjal (carrying rice) is not needed anymore.
Sundanese culture combines very diverse elements. While more overtly Muslim than the Javanese, many Sundanese maintain customs and beliefs rooted in older religions. Sundanese language and manners range from highly refined and formalized, to downright vulgar and ribald. Such contrasts are reflected in the performing arts, ranging from the exquisite melancholy of courtly poetry sung in tembang Sunda, to rhythmic farts squeezed from the armpits of ngajibrut street entertainers. Concerts are rare: ceremonies and celebrations are the most frequent occasions for musical performance. Music, dance and theatre can be for ritual, entertainment or both.
The art name of The Buncis Angklung is associated with a text of the famous song among the people, which is “Cis Kacang Buncis Nyengcle …” and so on. The text contained in the arts of The Buncis Angklung made this art is called Angklung Beans.
The instruments used in the arts of The Buncis Angklung are 2 indung angklung (indung = main), 2 ambrug angklung, panempas angklung, 2 pancer angklung, 1 enclok angklung. Then 3 pieces dogdog, consisting of a talingtit, a panembal, and a badublag. In its development, a tarompet, a kecrek, and a goong are added in. The Buncis Angklung plays in salendro harmony with vocal songs can be madenda or degung harmony. The Buncis Angklung Songs include: Badud, Buncis, Renggong, Senggot, Jalantir, Jangjalik, Ela-ell, Mega Beureum. Now the Buncis songs have also used the songs of the gamelan, with the formerly singer are men who are the angklung players, now it is sang by a special lady.
Note : Buncis = Beans, in English