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Ki Saroyo: Gamelan-making maestro

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Surakarta | Thu, June 7 2012 | 11:57 am
Ki Saroyo: Gamelan-making maestro

PREMIUM Ganug Nugroho AdiThe man is a famous empu or master craftsman of gamelan, specializing in gong making. But rather than becoming an overnight maestro, he achieved his expertise after almost 40 years of practice forging gamelan instruments.

Ki Saroyo, the empu, began his career as a worker apprenticed to several gamelan workshops known as besalen in Surakarta and Sukoharjo, Central Java. He s...