A Special Performance for
An Ancient Epic of Bali
told through Puppetry, Dance, and Music
This special performance of the great Hindu epic the
Ramayana was developed for schools by Dr. Robert
E. Brown of the Center for World Music. It featured
I Nyoman Sumandhi, Balinese master puppeteer, musician,
and dancer, and his wife, Putu Sutiati, Balinese dancer
and dance teacher. Pak Sumandhi and Ibu Sutiati were
the Center's Year 2000 artists in residence. Performing
with the Sumandhis were Kaori Okado, dance and Balinese
music, and Alex Khalil, Balinese music. Dr. Brown,
president of the Center and ethnomusicologist, was narrator.
NOTE: This program is currently not available. Thanks
for your interest.
45-minute presentation opened with a welcome dance performed
by Putu Sutiati and Kaori Okado in traditional costume,
accompanied by the Balinese gender
wayang (metallophone) ensemble
|Robert Brown, as narrator, then introduced shadow puppets
representing the five most important characters from the
Ramayana, which tells the much-loved story of
Prince Rama and his wife Sita, their exile from their
kingdom, and their struggle to overcome evil.
||As the story
was enacted in dance and puppetry, accompanied by live Balinese
music, students witnessed the main scenes of the epic, in
which--after many adventures--good finally triumphs.
the program was a question and answer period, during which
demonstrations of puppet manipulation, music, and dance
movements were given.
After the discussion, students were invited back behind
the puppet screen to see the puppets, puppeteer, and musical
instruments up close.
program provided an engaging introduction to Balinese
culture and its world famous performing arts through
music, dance, puppetry, and epic mythology. It gave
students a rare opportunity to experience a dalang
(master puppeteer) of Pak Sumandhis caliber,
who brings the ancient epic stories to life.
for the Ramayana Schools Presentation