Hundreds Years Old Balinese Wayang

Balinese Wayang One of the villages in Klungkung Regency, Bali. Namely Kamasan Village, has a number of high-value works of art. There are Kamasan art puppets with various types and different uses. Since the 1970s, painters have been making classical wayang for generations, especially in the painting of Plalintangan (Balinese calendar).

Even though times have changed, works of art in the form of wayang paintings still exist and develop today.

The beauty of the works of art in the form of wayang paintings and handicrafts are exhibit at. The Semarajaya Museum in front of the Puputan Klungkung Monument.

Not only exhibit in museums, this unique Kamasan painting is also exhibit in a gallery, the Suar Gallery.

Opening 24 hours, Suar Gallery is hous in a traditional house. In fact, Suar Gallery also houses rare wayang paintings, up to 300 years old. “Although there are other handicrafts and wayang, here the classic wayang of Kamasan village remains the main focus. The hallmark of wayang Kamasan is in the wayang kulit.” Said the painting artist who is also the owner of the gallery, Gede Wedasmara.

Even though it has a title not much different from other wayang. The classic wayang of Kamasan Village tells the story of Mahabrata and Ramayana. The grip of the painting is also different. As is the case with classical wayang art paintings, one of which is in the form of Plalintangan.

“We take the epic story per episode of the story, for example when Sitha¬† kidnapped by Rahwana. Hanuman went berserk in. Alengka Temple call Hanoman Obong during the attack on the. Alengka Kingdom by Rama and Lakshmana who were assist by his monkeys,” he said.

The classic Wayang Kamasan Village is a work of art creat directly by the artists. Which the villagers themselves have worked on for generations. And every resident’s house has a collection of Wayang Kamasan lined up. Historically, the meaning of Kamasan means good seed. Since ancient times this village has been famous for its craftsmen kno as goldsmiths. In 1380-1651 the expertise of the craftsmen in. Kamasan Village was us by King Ida Dalem to make various paintings and carvings from gold and silver.

“I myself prefer to see plalintangan (Balinese calendar) made from Wayang Kamasan paintings. Because my assignment at school is also about art practice, this could be an example,” said Melinda Limanto. A student from Tojan Village. Another case with a buyer. “Although this Kamasan puppet painting looks old-fashioned for young people. This Kamasan puppet has a high classical value to me. Especially since the story in the Kamasan puppet is about karma for life depending on each Yadnya.” Said the buyer from Banjarangkan, Mega Pramiati.

By Admin