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Guardian of Malang’s ‘Wayang Topeng’

Any discussion on Malang’s 'wayang topeng' (masked dance) theatrical art also means talking about the life’s work of M Soleh Adipramono, 67. In his twilight years, Soleh continues his work in keeping the art form alive.

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M Soleh Adipramono

Any discussion on Malang’s wayang topeng (masked dance) theatrical art also means talking about the life’s work of M Soleh Adipramono, 67. In his twilight years, Soleh continues his work in keeping the art form alive. The master hopes that the art form will not die with him, and that the younger generation will take up the reins of its preservation.

On Sunday (22/7/2018) in the main hall of his dimly lit dance studio in Kemulan hamlet of Tulus Besar village, Tumpang district, Malang regency, East Java, the man affectionately called Ki Soleh was speaking about the rebab and siter traditional string instruments. He linked the two string instruments to the reliefs of the Jajaghu (Jago) temple, some 1.5 kilometers away.

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