Wayang

Dec 7th, 2006, in IM Posts, by

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.

Surakarta Wayang Puppet
Surakarta/Solo Wayang Puppet.

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.

Said Kalla, who is of Bugis stock, from South Sulawesi. [1]

Jusuf Kalla
Jusuf Kalla.

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.

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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.

Kalla said that wayang was a way that Golkar could become closer to the people. [2]


23 Comments on “Wayang”

  1. avatar Tomaculum says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Absolutely right!
    And maybe this can stop the stronger influences of foreign cultures (incl. the Arabicization).

  2. avatar Rockstar says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 3:31 am

    I am so into this idea. I am full of enthusiasm. I’m so positive that he can nail it down. So brothers and sisters.. are you with me?

  3. avatar Munafikbangetloepade says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:10 am

    But maybe we should start developing wayang characters that wear jilbab.

  4. avatar Tomaculum says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:19 am

    Or nude? Playboy wayang?

  5. avatar Jutatip says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 5:01 am

    Hohoho, let make it traditional ways. :)

  6. avatar Retarders says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Jusuf Kalla looks like wayang.

  7. avatar Karlira Kanakahuko says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    This is the right idea. Wayang shopuld be implemented in any all Indonesian media at all, forever, so that it can retain eternally the real Indonesian culture.

  8. avatar DianDoank says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Well first of all when I returned to Indonesia a year ago, I didn’t bother to look at teve at all.
    It was full with horror sinetron or film. Honestly, I prefer to watch the old movie such as Iboenda or those Christine Hakim movies than these horror sinetron. Not mentioned those Celebrity’s News. Honestly, I don’t really care about who marry to whom or who divorce with whom.

    I prefer to watch some documentary film about Indonesia or (well bit garing) Indonesia history. I mean Indonesia is rich with history (either the real one or those Soeharto’s fabrication). Wouldn’t it be so good to have a documentary to reveal the truth. Or if that’s too hard probably just play those old film such as Iboenda, R.A. Kartini or any Teguh Karya’s movie. Or those DKI Warkop. Might be full women with bikinis but better than watching some stupid horor sinetron or movie.

    So Wayang…that’s definitely good one. Might be Wayang Orang. With subtitle. I remember long time ago there was TVRI I think that have this kind of program. Wayang Kulit with subtitle. It was good. My father which happens to love wayang able to share his interest with me. And I found it really worthwhile and educative. Learn the first values of humanity in Mahabaratha. Understand that world is not black and white. Learn responsibility as a person to other person and in a group through here. Wayang that I know show no feodalism as the way javanese culture actually do :) through the daring comment of Punakawan. So yes…please bring back the wayang to television!! :) With subtitle of course :)

  9. avatar Tomaculum says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    Retarders:

    Jusuf Kalla looks like wayang

    Like who? Pandita Durna?

  10. avatar Jutatip says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Too bad, I am not Indonesian and not living there either. Are there anyway I can see Wayang outside Indonesia? I don’t mind if no sub title.

  11. avatar DianDoank says:
    December 8th, 2006 at 6:49 am

    Probably should try Indonesia embassy of your country.
    I have noticed that some embassy once in a while making an Indonesia culture evening especially around the Independence Day. If you’re lucky :) they might have wayang (shadow puppet). Or if the area where you live has a literature/history university (South East Asia), sometimes they have these kind of performance as well.

    Good luck! :)

  12. avatar Jutatip says:
    December 8th, 2006 at 9:26 am

    Big THANKS! Surely I will check it out!

  13. avatar Kleo says:
    December 9th, 2006 at 8:01 am

    I remember when wayang was on TV, lots of people watch it, especially those in the kampong2. I wonder if TVRI still have this in their programme. But usually this is late at night…

    TV only thinks of rating. I doubt Wayang will have more rating than what we call ‘stupid’ shows’ and no TV station will have this. As long as it has subtitle, I’ll watch it!

  14. avatar Retarders says:
    December 10th, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Or you can always kick it up a notch … make a new show called “Wayang SmackDown”…

  15. avatar Jaka Tingkir says:
    December 12th, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    I wouldn’t want to pay Rp 15.000 to watch wayang in any movie theaters…

  16. avatar Tomaculum says:
    December 12th, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    I would pay more than Rp 20.000 to have the possibility to watch Wayang (W. kulit, W. orang, W. beber etc) regularly.

  17. avatar Ihaknt says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 5:36 am

    Finally, a laid-back, refreshing discussion. You all are full of good ideas. Maybe playboy wayang for late-night tv, with number to sms. Burqa/jilbab wayang for during the day – kids friendly viewing. And smackdown wayang in between. Wow, you got yourselves a tv night-in there! Pop the corn, make the tea and you’re all sorted! Jusuf Kalla can be the puppeteer/dalang, since he’s a natural clown and I am sure in his job he has his own people “boneka”. Long live Wayang!

  18. avatar Dimp says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 7:14 am

    If Smackdown is considered by our vice-president as “violent” TV show, what does he have to say about shows that highlights the crime and violent on the TVs? These are real violence not like “choreograph” violence like Smackdown…

    I don’t mind him promoting Wayang, but don’t bag wrestling because some idiots couldn’t tell the difference between acting and reality.

  19. avatar DianDoank says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Hoi Toma,

    When I was student in Depok, I remembered that in Taman Mini, there were sometimes a wayang kulit show (puppet show). I don’t know whether you have to pay for watching the show. But I guess that would be the close one to see in Jakarta. Check museum wayang (puppet museum), probably they have further information on regular puppet show.

  20. avatar Jaka Tingkir says:
    December 14th, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    I wonder if our dear friends here who defended smackdown are actually working for Vince McMahon. I liked the bloody show but obviously that show is not for kiddies.

  21. avatar adi says:
    May 5th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    if anyone need sundanese wayang golek / rod puppet from west java indonesia, i’ll gladly help. i’m artisan my self, intend to sell it world wide.anyone can help me to sell it?

  22. avatar Tetuko says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m happy Jusuf Kalla has made this comment. I know many Indonesians who struggle to understand the local dialect in wayang, so it’d be good to have a national wayang.

  23. avatar Oigal says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    If anyone should know about Wayang it’s Jusuf Kalla…



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