Airlangga Sumbaga Wiratama Performance Great Success in TMII

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Former Vice President Try Sutrisno (11th from the left) between UNAIR Rector Prof. Moh Nasih and Dr. Sri Teddy Rusdy (left), and Ir. Hartarto (5th from the left) with the performers of ”Airlangga Sumbaga Wiratama” in TMII Jakarta, Sunday, September 25. (Photo: IKA-UA Archive)

UNAIR NEWS – Dance drama  performance of Pancagatra Nararya Senawangi (PNS) themed ”Airlangga Sumbaga Wiratama” achieved great success in Gedung Pewayangan Kautaman TMII Jakarta, Sunday, September 25. The performance was initiated by Dr. Sri Teddy Rusdy, SH., M.Hum., alumnus of S1 Faculty of Law  and S2 Faculty of Humanities Universitas Airlangga, and dedicated for his alma mater, Universitas Airlangga.

The success could be seen from the audiences present in the building. Among the audiences were former Vice President Try Sutrisno, former Minister of Industry Ir. Hartarto, management of Senawangi (Sekretariat Nasional Wayang Indonesia) and management of PEPADI (Persatuan Pedalangan Indonesia), some public figures and art enthusiasts.

From UNAIR, there were UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Moh Nasih, MT., SE., Ak., MCA, some deans and vice deans, official of IDI dr. Ario Djatmiko, Sp.B-(Onk). From UNAIR alumni there were Head of IKA UNAIR Drs. Ec. Haryanto Basyuni, Drs. Ec. Mustofa (KAP and the author of “Branding Kantor Akuntan”), Drs. Mashariono, MBA., Drs. Ec. Pribadi “Diar”, and other UNAIR alumni in Jakarta.

Why did they illustrate the story of “Prabu Airlangga?”. Dr. Sri Teddy Rusdy said that he was a reforming king in his era who was acknowledged by South East Asian kings. So as humanity practitioners, especially for wayang as the authentic art performance of Indonesia, with excellence and high quality, the art performance has been acknowledged by UNESCO as World Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

”That’s why I chose ’Airlangga’ for this performance. It is also to learn and explore more the great narrative of Indonesian culture as World Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” said Dr. Sri Teddy Rusdy, who was the script writer and the initiator.

SIVITAS Universitas Airlangga diantaranya Rektor, Wakil Rektor, beberapa dekan dan tokoh alumni, bersama mantan Wapres Try Sutrisno dan pemeran Prabu Airlangga. (Foto: Pribadi IKA-UA)
Academicians of Universitas Airlangga; Rector, Vice Rector and some deans and alumni with the former vice president Try Sutrisno and the performer of Prabu Airlangga. (Photo: IKA-UA Archive)

In the future, said the founder of Senawangi, “Airlangga” script will be developed into a shadow puppet performance for a whole night performance. It is to honor Airlangga as a great and honored king in his time.

”We hope that the chosen alumni of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) can be new Airlanggas spread around Indonesia, even in the world. Glory glory Airlangga,” said Sri Teddy Rusdy, who has ever donated a complete set of Wayang Purwa (leather puppets) to Faculty of Humanities (FIB) UNAIR.

The performance of “Airlangga Sumbaga Wiratama” was supported by 28 performers and directed by Ali Marsudi, S.Sn., who was also performing as Prabu Airlangga. They enacted figures like Narotama, Prabu Udayana, Prabu Dharmawangsa, Mpu Baradha, Mahendradatta, and many more. The music was directed by Untoro, S.Sn with 19 instrumentalists. While Ki Edi Sulistiyono, S.Sn., M.Hum as the puppet master. Artistic elements was directed by Agus Linduaji. Teater Wayang Indonesia and Yayasan Kertagama also supported the performance. (*)

Author : Bambang Bes

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