Playing with Shadows

Ghatotkacha as seen in Javanese shadow puppet ...
Ghatotkacha as seen in Javanese shadow puppet play (wayang) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Wayang Kulit
English: Wayang Kulit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many cultures which have taken on the art of using shadows as a medium of communication in performing arts. In Malaysia, we have the “wayang kulit“, a traditional Malay, shadow puppet show. The stylized elaborately designed puppets  interact, dance and glide behind a large white cloth screen on which a  very bright white light is shone. The dramas acted out by these puppets are usually ancient myths and legends. But, the idea of shadow play has actually taken on a more modern usage. Continue reading “Playing with Shadows”

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