Inke Maris


Grief at the end and beginning of the year

IO – The world of broadcasting and public relations in Indonesia is grieving. Nyi Raden Maria Dindiarti Natanegara, better known as Inke Maris, died on Thursday night 31 December 2020 from a stroke. She was interred in the Jeruk Purut Public Cemetery, South Jakarta, Friday, January 1, 2021.

Inke was born in Bogor, West Java, on December 7, 1950. After graduating from school in the field of communication, Inke Maris worked for BBC radio at Bush House, Aldwych, London. From 1969 to 1982 she was a reporter, broadcaster and producer.

She returned to Indonesia with her husband Rizal Maris. At the same time, she chose to work as a reporter, broadcaster, and producer at TVRI, where she served from 1982 to 2001.

She was subsequently entrusted with duties as the Public Relations Manager of the World Trade Center (WTC) Jakarta, from 1984- 1986. From 2000 to 2001 she was an Expert Staff for Communication at the Coordinating Minister for the Economy.

Throughout her career, Inke interviewed a number of important world figures, such as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, PLO Leader Yasser Arafat, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, World Bank President James D Wolfensohn, Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, to IMF Asia Pacific Director Hubert Neiss. 

Inke is also known as one of the pioneers of public relations services in Indonesia, when she founded Inke Maris & Associates together with her husband and siblings in 1987.

“On behalf of the big family of Inke Maris & Associates, we would like to thank you for the attention and prayers given to our beloved Mrs. Inke and her family including us at Inke Maris & Associates. Thank you for the great friendship that has been with Inke Maris & Associates. We pray that Mrs. Inke’s spirit and values can continue to flare up and our friendship will be even stronger in the future,” concluded Widyaretna Buenastuti, Director/Senior Consultant of Inke Maris and Associates. (Roosyudhi Priyanto)

Famous figures leave and don’t return. They passed away at the end of 2020 and early 2021. From various professions, they made meaningful contributions to the nation. May the deeds of worship be accepted by God and all sins forgiven. Rest in peace.