On Saturday, April 13, Ketut Madra and I, together with family and guests, celebrated conclusion of our agreement to mount the exhibition Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Wayang Painting at the Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud. The opening will be on October 7, 2013, and the exhibition will run through November 7.
The occasion called for a Ramayana shadow play or wayang kulit performance at Madra’s home that night. “The Abduction of Dewi Sita” was the story for the evening, with Wayan Deres as dalang and Madra’s younger brother, Ketut Madri, as one of the two gender wayang musicians. It felt like exactly the right choice for a story as the chosen scenes show up in about half a dozen paintings in the show. Here, the great bird Jatayu flies to attempt to rescue Sita from the clutches of the demon king Rawana.