flights of fancy

By: kichi kenterong

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Sunday, 2-Apr-2006 02:33 Email | Share | Bookmark

the opening musical sequence, fuelled by intensive percussions, got me from the get go. just like how the photojournalists described it, dah masuk angin (literally, the wind/spirit has entered me). i was almost enthralled. almost, but i didn't forget the camera in my hands.

as the musical cast assembled, i noticed one thing: there were many familiar faces. they were the same faces that performed during the makyong and also during the wayang kulit. on one hand, i was amazed at how talented these people are. they were the ones playing different musical instruments, they were the ones stepping up to dance and act, and they were the ones who also became the main players in the aforementioned performances.

i could only smile and wonder just how long it took for them to master the intricacies of these traditional performing arts.

but at the same time, a realization came over me. it was the flipside of the same coin. yes, it's true that these are multitalented performers. but it's also true that the same group of people is performing these different traditional arts. and most of them are getting on in age.

where are the young ones? the ones who will carry on the torch? why aren't there many more of them?

this is definitely something to ponder. if there will be no one left to ensure the survival of these arts, will they be around much longer? tell me, dah masuk angin ke?

err, apologies for the rather haphazard presentation. kind of ran out of space to host the images on fotopage, so i have to rely on photobucket.

say what you think of the pictures, please! too much blurry shots, should put other pictures up, etc. anything so that i can learn from this set of pictures.

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