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Malang children may save fading art of 'wayang kulit'

Aman Rochman

The Jakarta Post

Malang, East Java  /  Tue, October 29, 2019  /  01:04 pm
  • A child puppet master closes his eyes while performing.

    A child puppet master closes his eyes while performing. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    A child puppet master closes his eyes while performing.

  • Yossy Pradipta, 9, prepares the puppets prior to his performance.

    Yossy Pradipta, 9, prepares the puppets prior to his performance. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Yossy Pradipta, 9, prepares the puppets prior to his performance.

  • The parents and residents sit patiently to watch the performances.

    The parents and residents sit patiently to watch the performances. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    The parents and residents sit patiently to watch the performances.

  • A participant waits for his turn while holding a script in his hands.

    A participant waits for his turn while holding a script in his hands. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    A participant waits for his turn while holding a script in his hands.

  • Suwarno (right) corrects the head position of one of the dalang cilik.

    Suwarno (right) corrects the head position of one of the dalang cilik. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Suwarno (right) corrects the head position of one of the dalang cilik.

  • The parade of dalang, themed Strengthening Culture and Reach for Love, was performed in two sessions.

    The parade of dalang, themed Strengthening Culture and Reach for Love, was performed in two sessions. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    The parade of dalang, themed Strengthening Culture and Reach for Love, was performed in two sessions.

  • One of the participants eats corn while waiting for his turn.

    One of the participants eats corn while waiting for his turn. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    One of the participants eats corn while waiting for his turn.

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Amid the congested traffic on Jl. Majapahit, passersby can faintly hear the sound of gamelan music coming from the Malang Arts Council (DKM) building.  The classic Javanese songs were performed by a group of sinden (a gamelan orchestra singers) consisting of children and teenagers of the Taruna Krida Rasa art studio as part of the annual dalang (puppet master) parade. "This year's parade is joined by 16 dalang cilik [child puppeteers] who have been studying at the studio for at least one year," said dalang trainer Suwarno, 62, in Malang, East Java, on Oct. 26. The Taruna Krida Rasa art studio gives lessons on the arts of pedalangan wayang kulit (leather-figure puppetry), sinden and gamelan every Friday at its building. Available for free, the students vary from children and teenagers to adults. Those who want to pay for the lessons can contribute as much ...