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Opera puts contemporary twist on ‘Gandari’ poem

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, December 18, 2019  /  11:59 am
Opera puts contemporary twist on ‘Gandari’ poem

Uplifting: 'Opera Gandari' is an adaptation of Goenawan Mohamad's poem 'Gandari'. (JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

The art of opera is not something you’d consider contemporary, but Yayasan Rumah Musik Indonesia’s Opera Gandari shows the two blend well, with an Indonesian touch to boot. Performed at Graha Bakti Budaya at the Taman Ismail Marzuki arts center last weekend, Opera Gandari takes on a tale familiar to many in the performing arts: the epic Mahabharata. Unlike other adaptations of the ancient text, however, Opera Gandari is based on the poem Gandari by venerable poet Goenawan Mohamad.  In sync: The tale is based on the epic 'Mahabharata', where the character Gandari is the mother of the Kurawa. (JP/Dionnasius Aditya) Gandari is the name of a character in the epic; the mother of the Kurawa, who, despite her sons’ bitter rivalry against the Pandawa, is still depicted as a virtuous figure. Yayasan Rumah Musik Indonesi...