Friday, July 30, 2010

A story to tell

The Indonesia Wayang is a well known theatrical tradition. To remain relevant, it is important that it keeps its relevance. UNESCO designated Wayang Kulit a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

With a history that goes back many, many centuries Wayang kept its history and it maintained its relevance by including contemporary references and story lines. It may be not that hard to guess what kind of story is told with this Wayang puppet..

We just received this magnificent treasure from the Tropenmuseum and it shows how Wayang kept its relevancy. What makes the Tropenmuseum more then just a museum is that they give attention to the modern expressions. An expression that presented the theatre world of Ki Enthus Susmono earlier this year. A world where Batman, George Bush, Osama Bin Laden and the Tsunami have found their place.

When traditions like Wayang constantly renew themselves, the Wikipedia need to reflect this, Commons needs to illustrate this. I hope that we will gain the freely licensed pictures that show the vibrancy of this magnificent art.
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