WAYANG KULIT OR SHADOW PLAY

The traditional ‘shadow play’ theatre is performed by casting animated puppet shadows on a white cloth screen. The puppet characters and stories were usually taken from ancient Indian epics. The figures used are artistically made from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. One person, a Tok Dalang or master storyteller usually conducts the whole show from behind the screen as he recites the tale with appropriate sounds and movements. A Tok Dalang is assisted by a group of musicians playing the traditional musical instruments such as ‘rebab’, ‘serunai’, ‘gedombak’, ‘geduk’, ‘canang’, ‘kisi’ and ‘tetawak’. Each shadow play performance usually lasts for two to three hours.

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