Wayang should be promoted as an alternative to violent television shows such as SmackDown, says Jusuf Kalla.
Vice president Jusuf Kalla said on the 1st of December at the opening of the first Asean Wayang Festival that the ancient puppet theatre of wayang was a much more suitable form of entertainment for the nation's young people compared to SmackDown. Kalla hoped that a national form of wayang could be developed out of the many different regional variations of the art, which are normally performed in ethnic languages such as Javanese.
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Wayang, he said, was more morally instructive than the choreographed violence of American wrestling shows.
If it can be developed well then a national form of wayang could be an alternative.
An alternative to:
...Smackdown is just about doing whatever you like without propriety.
But the new form of wayang had to be done in Indonesian.
A lot of young people don't understand their mother tongue or the local language of their parents. For example, of my five children four of them have married Javanese people or other ethnic groups. My grandchildren don't understand the language of their parents, whether Bugis, Javanese, or another language, so they can't enjoy wayang. So it's important that a national form of wayang be done in Indonesian.
At the conference at which Kalla conveyed these words a declaration was signed by representatives of Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, and Cambodia to form the all-Asean Wayang Association.
December 23rd 2006
Kalla returned to the theme of wayang while speaking at a Partai Golkar conference in Semarang. Three wayang puppeteers, Ki Enthus Susmono, Ki Djoko Hadiwijoyo, and Warsono Slank, attended the meeting and were each given a wayang puppet by Kalla. Thereafter they performed and did so using Indonesian language instead of Javanese.