His real name is Guruh lrianto Soekarno Putra. He was born in the Jakarta Merdeka Palace on 13 January 1953. He has a background in art as a Balinese dance teacher and buzzes Western modern music elements. At the TIM Art Center, he learned how to play the gamelan and Balinese dance from I Wayan Dibya and I Gusti Kompiang Raka. He also learned Minang dance from Huriah Adam. In 1971, he studied how to play Balinese pelegongan gamelan drums from Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Mandra. He learned how to play the Semara Peguligan style Balinese drums from I Made Gerindem in the rural village, Teges. He learned Balinese dance from Anak Agung Oka, Ni Ketut Reneng and I Nyoman Kakul. In Central Java, he learned the Serimpi Bedoyo dance from Raden Ayu Laksminto Rukmi. He learned jazz from Jack Lesmana and studied song writing with Mochtar Embut.
He was a class star in Yayasan Perguruan Cikini Primary School. As he attended primary school, he formed a boy band, Beat G, together with Wibowo Soemadji, formed a teenage band, Flower Poetmen. In senior high school in 1973, he left to study Archeology in Universiteit van Amsterdam Belanda. He once taught the Balinese gamelan at Tropen Museum Amsterdam. Together with his Gypsy friends, Keenan Nasution, and friends, he trickled in experimental music. In November 1976, his Balinese pentatonic and Western diatonic album began to tease the market. Even though it was not a commercial success, this album became a monumental one.
This son of President Soekarno made his debut at a pop festival. In 1976, he performed the song Damai andRenjana as the winner of the National Song Festival. Renjana, besides successfully having Sanskrit lyrics, was also chosen as the ambassador to compete in the World Popular Song in Tokyo. In 1984, he again attracted attention because of his song, Kembalikan Baliku Padaku. With this song, he mixed Balinese traditional music with disco and rock, which finally won him the Kawakami andAudience Selection Award in the World Popular Song Festival in Japan. He also participated in organizing the Indonesian Copyright Foundation.
He founded his own art organization, Swara Mahardika (SM), that was founded together with Rio, Atik Ganda, Bagoes Yoga Nandita and Ayik Sugeng on 27 March 1977. In 1979, SM started the 1st Pergelaran Guruh Soekamo Putra, which finally gave birth to Swaditra dan Swara Mahardhikka Band. He made great performances such as Untukmu Indonesiaku orGilang Indonesia Gemilang. In 1988, he founded PT Gencar Semarak Perkasa (GSP) Production, a commercial institution that could help sustain the daily needs of dancers. This company indeed led to the arts industry while acting as an agent that raised activities, and employed hundreds of dancers, singers and photo models. He once held Jak Jak Jakarta. GSP Production has appeared in the IATA Conference in Europe.
He has appeared as Sunan Muria in the movie Wali Sanga. The hit songs that flowed from his hands include Lenggang Puspita, Indonesia Jiwaku, Cinta Indonesia Simfoni Raya Indonesia, Puspa rn, Melati Suci, Zamrud Khatulistiwa, andChopin Larung with a very thick feel of nationalism. Several songs of his sung by Chrisye have become classics such as: Kala Sang Surya Gemilang, Kala Cinta Menggoda, Galih dan Ratna, Anak Jalanan, Smaradhana, Setia, Cintaku, which were generally filled with tunes of love.