The story of Wayang Kulit,
Wayang is an Indonesian and Malay word for theatre, when the term is used to refer to kinds of puppet theater, sometimes the puppet itself is reffered to as wayang. "Bayang", the Javanese word for shadow or imagination, also connotes "spirit". Performences of shadow puppet theater are accompanied by gamelan in Java and by gender wayang in Bali.
Wayang is a generic term denoting traditional theater in Indonesia. There is no evidence that wayang existed before Hinduism came to Souheast Asia sometime in the first century CE. The first record of a wayang performence is from an inscription dated 930 CE which says "si Galigi mawayang" or "Sir Galigi played wayang" from that time till today it seems certain features of traditional puppet theater have remained. Hinduism arrived in Indonesia from India even before the Christian era and was slowly adopted as the local belief system. Sanskrit became the literary and court language of Java and later of Bali. The Hindus changed the Wayang (as did the Muslims, later) to spread their religion, mostly by stories from Mahabharata or the Ramayana.
Wayang Kulit, shadow puppets prevalent in Java and Bali in Indonesia and Kelantan in Malaysia are without a doubt the best known of the Indonesian wayang. Kulit means skin and refer to the leather construction of the puppets that are carefully chiseled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods.
Unesco designed Wayang Kulit, a shadow puppet theater and the best known of Indonesian Wayang as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7th 2003.
( Source from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Pictures was taken from Summarecon Plaza, Serpong - West Java, this wayang kulit is apart of Indonesian 63th Independence day festival (August 17th). The wayang figured Hanoman and Cakil (red face) and its represented the good and the evil in wayang kulit story.
greetings from Jakarta
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brandstaetter (15915) 2008-08-05 22:40
maybe you had the chance to see a performance (during the whole night), too. Good idea with the triple zoom.
robertosalguero (196) 2008-08-05 22:52
Nice and very interesting use of triple zoom to show more details. The framing is effective and make this image very pleasant to see. Good colours to compose this image. Thanks friend :-)
ManuMay (34357) 2008-08-05 22:58
A good idea, a very good note... and your triple image very well conceived, framed, elegant to help us understand your nice note.
Good colours and composition.
bakes888 (18499) 2008-08-05 23:30
Hi Daniel. Nice triptych and good note. Itís good to see them in there surroundings and also in detail. Well captured and presented. Thanks for sharing.
pablominto (53744) 2008-08-06 0:24
An interesting collage, that shows us breathtaking artwork, displayed this dramatic way!
Well framed with fine colours and details, and the image is accompanied by an educational note...
fabio_ts (13694) 2008-08-06 0:44
I love your artistic approach here, a beautiful composition so well presented with graphical appeal, all my compliments Daniel!!!
have a nice day,
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-08-06 8:43
I like a lot this assembly.
Each one of the 3 pictures add something to the whole image, nice job, very original,
mikeo (12129) 2008-08-07 10:59
What a good idea for presentation of these shots! I like it a lot! Looks like a modern mosaic. Superb colours, interesting shots.
danos (80977) 2008-08-08 0:27
nice the presentation of the Wayang Kulit story,with the three 'frames' and the informative note to narrated its story.I like the good management of the light as the colors too.Well done.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
Angshu (53990) 2008-08-08 1:06
Good idea of three frames, as we get closer to the puppets from left to right, from a wider to a narrower, zoomed view. These are characters from Ramayana, right? A good detailed note as well.
Cretense (68681) 2008-08-15 11:56
HI Daniel! First of all, congratulations on your 100th post! I wish that you'll keep posting like this for many more hundreds to come!
Then, congratualtions for these fantastic pictures and congratulations for the excellent presentation! Very clever the "zoom process", excellent light managment, fantastic colours!
stego (22556) 2008-08-19 4:37
A little but well explained lesson on traditional art of your country. The idea of the "triple zoom" is very interesting, although I would also like to see a full zoom showing the puppets with more detail.
TFS, Cheers, Josť.
markstaples (15670) 2008-08-29 9:43
A nice montage of photos where the framing works well. Very nicely done.
- Copyright: Daniel Edy Sukamto (edytungkal) (4551)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-30
- Categories: Festivals, Artwork, Event
- Camera: Sony DSC T100
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 22:26