Last week, the spouse and I attended a performance of waying kulit, shadow puppetry, at the Malay Heritage Center. A few days later, I saw a woodblock with wayang kulit as its subject at the Singapore National Gallery.
|Cong Way Ndut|
|Choo ken Kwang's Wayang Kulit|
Our resident anthropologist (Seriously, there are two at the moment.) informs me that Indonesians prefer to present wayang kulit with the audience on the side of the puppet master. Even as the performance was in Bahasa Indonesia, we could follow the humorous asides from the puppet master and the musicians. It helped that the story was a familiar one, from the Ramayana. That ancient Hindu epic remains a favourite in predominantly Moslem Indonesia.
|Children of all ages enjoying wayang kulit|