I spied this fun poster promoting the Wayang Orang Bharata at a mall in Jakarta. Wayang Orang is a form of a traditional drama performance originally from Java based on the stories from the Mahabarata and Ramayana.
One of Indonesia’s unique art forms is wayang (traditional puppetry), influenced by Hinduism, and the history of which can be traced as far back as the 9th Century in Indonesia. There are many types of wayang, from the wayang kulit (shadow puppet) to the wayang topeng (masked puppet) to the famous wayang wong or wayang orang.
In wayang orang, the dalang (narrator and troupe leader) only provides a suluk (prelude) to the story, and the performers dance, sing and speak — usually in Javanese — to act out the drama.
Want ringside seats to this very special performance:
Wayang Wong Bharata Jl. Kalilio 15 Senen, Central Jakarta Tel: (021) 706 42535
Ghatotkacha is one of the super heros in Indonesia and many stories are enacted featuring Bhima’s son Ghatotkacha, who was half-Rakshasa (giant), and had many magical powers.