Home 120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed The LUTUNG KASARUNG MUSICAL Legend performed in Bandung
90 years on after its first stage performance, the ancient Sundanese legend of Lutung Kasarung will come alive at the Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung, from 27 December 2011 to 7 January 2012 in a spectacular show entitled the Lutung Kasarung Musical.
Lutung Kasarung or the
Lost Ape is an ancient folklore from the people of West Java, - known
as Sundanese - that tells about the journey of the Sanghyang Guruminda
from the realm of Heaven who came down to earth in the shape ofa Lutung,
a kind of ape. In this journey, he falls in love with the beautiful
Purbasari Ayuwangi who is heir to the throne of the Pasir Batang
Kingdom.The power struggle between Purbasari and her evil sibling
Purbararang became the highlight of the story. Purbararang tried almost
anything to keep Purbasari from the throne, but to no avail since Lutung
Kasarung was always present to save Purbasari. Purbasari eventually
overcame every obstacle and she finally ruled over the land together
with Lutung Kasarung. The ugly ape eventually turned into a prince
charming when he married Purbasari. As a universal value, the essence of
the story is that although evil will never cease to suppress good, in
the end righteousness will prevail.
For the Sundanese, Lutung Kasarung as a
folklore is considered special and even sacred. Within the story there
are values of Sundanese indigenous wisdom that deal with teachings, from
cosmology to ethics in society. The story also contains moral values
and guidance of life, among which are the wisdom on planting rice in the
field, eating sirih (betelnut) leaves, and even to the need of
a decent democratic system in society. One interesting fact that has
occurred in history is that each time the Lutung Kasarung play was
performed, changes have occurred the Indonesian society.
The story was first adapted into a colossal gending karesmen or musical
play in 1921 by RA.Wiranatakusumah, who was mayor of Bandung at the
time. in 1926, Lutung Kasarung or Loetoeng Kasaroeng also became the
first movie ever produced in Indonesia – then the Dutch East Indies -
directed by G.Kruger and L.Heuveldrop from the Netherlands. After
Indonesia’s Independence in 1945, the play drew the attention of the
first President, Ir. Soekarno. It was staged in the town of Ciamis in
1947, but Soekarno had to wait 5 years before the play was finally
performed at the IKADA stadium in Jakarta in 1952.
As the story contains such significant
values, and considering its contribution to Sundanese and Indonesian
culture, the Lutung Kasarung Musical is surely something you should not
Regular tickets are already on sale since 26 November 2011 and can be obtained at http://ticket.plasa.com or other appointed ticket box in Jakarta and Bandung. Admission tickets are IDR150.000 (2nd Class), IDR250.000(1st Class), IDR350.000 (VIP), and IDR650.000 (VVIP).
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