Online Jarasandha Wayang Performance in English in London - Diplomatic Corner KBRI LONDON
A classic wayang or shadow puppet show in English on the story of Jarasandha from Mahabharata was held at Wilton's Music Hall London on Friday (20/11). The show led by Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin was accompanied by the Greater London Gamelan Prayers. Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin told Antara after the show that the three-hour performance was held online on Instagram Live and Indonesian Embassy's YouTube chanlle, and all was following the health protocol.
Most of the Gamelan players are British citizens from various gamelan groups in England namely Oxford and Cambridge. The sinden or singers who accompanied the show were Cathy Eastburn, Cecily, and Aga Ujma. A gamelan player Peter Smith from Oxford said he was happy to play gamelan again since the lockdown.
Education Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in London M Arif Rokhman who watched the performance said the show was very entertaining because in this hard times, the players still followed the health protocol.
Meanwhile, Counsellor of Indonesian Embassy in London Hartyo Harkomoyo said the digital cultural show was held jointly by Indonesian Embassy in London and artists in England joined in the Greater London Gamelan Players. Hartyo said the wayang show, besides to celebrate the Wayang Day, was also aimed to promote Indonesian culture to the public in England and Irelan by using the online platforms amid the pandemic.