A singer Ellya Khadam has her unique position in Indonesia. Her contribution in history of what the so-called dangdut music is undeniable. Dangdut is Indonesia music which was derived from Melayu music in 1940-ies. In it’s development, dangdut was influenced by traditional music from Arab (50-ies), and then India (60-ies), and then rock music (70-ies) especially from British supergroup Deep Purple. The name dangdut is such onomatope from tabla sounds “dang dang dut dut”. (See also Wikipedia).
This single album entitled Boneka dari India consists of four songs. Boneka dari India is absolutely Ellya Khadam’s signature song and as an evidence that Indian music really ever influenced toward Melayu music. According to Wikipedia, Boneka was composed by composer Husein Bawafie.
Ellya Khadam was born in Jakarta, 23 October 1938. Educated from an Islamic school (madrasah), Ellya later was known as a singer and actress. She played for 21 movies from Tjita-tjita Ajah (1959) to Gudang Uang (1978). As Melayu singer, since 1955, she recorded estimately 400 songs (Pusat Dokumentasi Seni oleh Perpustakaan Nasional RI and Sinematek Indonesia). *