Breaking: Rawana Abducts Sita in Peliatan…

The two posts below, each with 10 photos by Anggara Mahendra, chronicle the Ramayana wayang kulit performance at Ketut Madra’s home on Saturday, 13 April 2013. More on that performance here. (This is the first of three posts. The second and third, chronologically, follow in order just below this one.)

Ramayana wayang kulit at Ketut Madra’s home, 13 April 2013. (second of three posts)

Soemantri Widagdo and Ketut Madra talk wayang art…

… in Madra’s studio in Banjar Kalah, Peliatan, before the Ramayana wayang kulit performance there on April 13.


Soemantri (left) is a volunteer curator at Ubud’s Museum Puri Lukisan, which will host the exhibition, Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Wayang Painting from October 7 to November 7, 2013. Madra’s Ramayana painting of the Sacrifice of Dewi Sita (Sita Satya) in the background is a recent work that will be in the exhibition.

Celebratory Ramayana Wayang Kulit at Ketut Madra’s Home

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.