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Jakarta Post

Next generation of wayang puppet masters.

Thu, October 12, 2017   /   10:01 pm
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    Showtime: Tiara Sotyaning Bathari from the Baladewa art studio performs a play called Timun Emas Penolong (The Helpful Gold Cucumber). JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Mentoring: A mother accompanies her son who is about to perform. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Helping hand: A junior pupper master helps a colleague with his costume. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Warming up: A young puppet master practices his set. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Action: A silhouette of a young puppet master performing a play. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Who's next?: Young puppet masters wait their turn. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

The art of wayang puppetry is an important legacy for future generations and a recent gathering of young exponents of the art showed that the tradition is being well preserved. Almost 190 children participated in the seventh edition of Temu Dalang Bocah Nusantara (Gathering of the Archipelago’s Junior Wayang Puppet Masters) at Taman Budaya Jawa Tengah in Surakarta, Central Java.

Among the participants were three girls, Kanindayu Giwang Restuti, Aisyiah Asyfa Ust Stani and Tiara Sotyaning Bathari, from the Baladewa wayang art studio in Surabaya, East Java.

The puppet masters come from 28 cities including Blitar, Blora, Bojonegoro, Boyolali, Depok, Jakarta, Karanganyar, Purwokerto, Sidoharjo, Surabaya, Surakarta, and Tangerang.

The number of participants was the highest since the gathering debuted way back in 2005, during which it featured only 29 young puppet masters.

Each puppet master performed for between 20 and 40 minutes. They were divided into three groups — kindergarten to second grader, third to fifth grade and sixth to eighth grade.
There were no limitations on what kind of stories or acts the puppet masters could put on. Each puppet master had limitless possibilities to express and deliver their craft during the gathering.

The chief organizer, Singgih Sri Cundomanik, said that the event was important for the preservation of wayang because it provided a platform for young puppet masters to hone their craft and gain experience as performers.