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Happy Salma

Happy Salma

Happy Salma is a true polymath: an actress, entrepreneur, writer and designer who, with her jewellery brand Tulola Designs, helps preserve traditional Indonesian culture

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Happy Salma or Jero Happy Salma Wanasari is an Indonesian actress and entrepreneur. Beginning her career as a model, she later became an actress, appearing in a number of TV series and films. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal in 7 Hati 7 Cinta 7 Wanita in the Indonesian Movie Actors Awards in 2011; she was also chosen as one of the celebrity icons for publisher Balai Pustaka’s reprint of eight classics of Indonesian literature in a special Indonesian Cultural Heritage Series.

In 2010, Salma married Tjokordan Bagus Dwi Santana Kerthayasa, a prince of Ubud in Bali, after which she slowly scaled back on her movie and TV appearances. The couple have two children, Tjokorda Sri Kinandari Kerthyasa and Tjokorda Ngurah Rayidaru Kerthyasa. A woman of many diverse talents, Salma is also a writer, having written three books and is co-writing three others. She is also a film producer and successfully runs a jewellery business.

Salma also re-introduced theatre in a fresh way for young people who found the medium boring and detached from their lives. At Titimangsa Foundation, an incubator for arts and cultural works, she is in charge as director and actress. Titimangsa Foundation creates and promotes Indonesian theatre and literary works, often adapting them into modern storytelling using virtual and streaming platforms.

Tulola Designs focuses on elevating traditional craftsmanship to a new level, creating one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. With co-founders Dewi Sri Luce Rusna and Franka Franklin, Salma shares a vision of building a sustainable business that promotes the evolution of silver and gold craft, deeply inspired by Indonesian culture, the arts and literature. Empowering women is at the heart of their work, with the company being composed of 90% women. Tulola Design has branches in Seminyak, Bali, and Kemang, Plaza Senayan and Plaza Indonesia in Jakarta.

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Salma’s desire to preserve Indonesian jewellery culture started from a writing project she worked on with Desak Nyoman Suarti, one of the foremost makers of gems in the country. She was the vocalist for the alternative rock band U Cam in the ‘90s.

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