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Jakarta Post

Suprapto Suryodharmo: Meditation in motion

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi


Surakarta, Central java   /   Mon, November 22 2010   /  10:58 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiIn choreographer circles, Suprapto Suryodharmo or Mbah (grandpa) Prapto is known as a proponent of “free movement”.

Although he isn’t a dancer, many performers come to him searching for inspiration or “enlightenment”.Born 65 years ago in Kemlayan sub-district, Solo also known as Surakarta, Central Java, Suprapto’s life has since childhood been connected to movement through Javanese classical dancing like silat (local martial arts), and kung fu. He has also practices Buddhist vipassana (inward vision) meditation and Javanese sumarah (submission) relaxation, which he deems useful to explore nature and consciousness. His father, who was fond of Javanese mysticism, used to take him to places considered sacred like mountains, homes of sages, brooks and tombs. Already back then, Suprapto led an ascetic life, fasting and sleeping near strea...