The Jakarta Post
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono bid farewell to late Sundanese puppet master Asep Sunandar Sunarya, who died on Monday at 59 years old.
'We lost an Indonesian wayang maestro. Goodbye Pak Asep Sunandar Sunarya, may your work keep on inspiring,' Yudhoyono said via his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono.
Asep Sunandar died of a heart attack at Al Ihsan Hospital in Bandung, West Java at around 2 p.m. on Monday. The puppet master is survived by his wife Nena, 14 children and 11 grandchildren.
Asep, whose virtuoso performances made him a hero of the art form in West Java, hails from the highly cultured environment of Kampung Giri Harja in Bale Endah, Bandung. Asep's father and grandfather were well-known puppet masters.
Asep is also famous for his skit show featuring Cepot (a jester and servant wayang character), Asep Show, which aired on national TV station TPI throughout the Ramadhan fasting month between 1994 and 2004.