Art Spotted: Wayang Kulit with Gamelan Orchestra

Wayang Kulit is a traditional form of Javanese shadow puppet theater and is accompanied by a gamelan orchestra.  It consists of two dimensional intricately carved and painted puppets traditionally made of water buffalo hide and attached to bamboo sticks.  The dalang, or puppet master, manipulates the puppets behind a screen with a bright light to create the shadow imagery.  Adaptations of epic romantic Indian myths as well as modern local events are used for the productions.  Performances can last for hours, sometimes even overnight.  The first Wayang play was recorded in 930 CE (AD).

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