in 1961, Indonesian President Sukarno challenged Indonesian musicians to revive the indigenous arts.

Jaipongan debuted in 1974 when Gugum Gumbira and his gamelan and dancers first performed in public.

It had all of the values of traditional Sundanese music to entice the older generations, yet had enough energy and vibrancy to entice the younger generations.
The name jaipongan came from people mimicking of the sounds created by some of the drums in the ensemble.