Shadow Puppets (Wayang Kulit)

English

Wayang Kulit is also known as Wayang Gedek, Wayang Melayu and Wayang Purwo. This theatre performance is still very popular in Kelantan, Kedah, Johore and Terengganu.

The most dominant musical instruments in Wayang Kulit are rebab (violin), canang (gong), gong, gendang (drum)  and kesi (small cymbals).  The stories presented in Wayang Kulit are based on adaptations of the classic Indian epics, the Mahabrata and Ramayana.  Nowadays, the dalang wayang kulit (the narrator) also tells stories and issues based on local and current happenings  through dialogue and movements of the puppets.