Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wayang Performance in KratonThe Central Javanese cities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo) are centers of classical Javanese culture. The ancient arts have been encouraged by the royal families of these two sultanates under whose patronage the performing arts and others aspects of Javanese culture have flourished. There are numerous music and dance schools, brilliant choregrapher, drama and poetry workshops, folk theater and wayang troupes, artists excelling in the plastic arts.
Yogyakarta has managed to maintain its charm and attractions, and is relatively untouched by the modern world. Its pace of life is unhurried, its people remain courteous in an increasingly pressured society, and it is proudly conscious of its artistic traditions which are maintained and which still dominate the life of the city.
There are numerous music and dance schools, brilliant choreographers, drama and poetry workshops, folk theater and wayang troupes, artists excelling in the plastic arts.
Welcome to Jogja
Today, the city of Jogja (Short name for Yogjakarta) is no more the economical and political center of Indonesia, but is still the reference for arts, education and ...tourism. Gajah Mada University which is attracting artists and scholars of all archipelago, has maintain his status of the most prestigious university of Indonesia.
With the return of the capital to Jakarta, Yogyakarta lost something of its impetus, though it remains the undisputed traditional cultural capital.