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From kampung shack to KLCC

Can the music of wayang kulit, or Malay puppet shadow theatre, be combined with a Western classical orchestra for a performance at the ultra-modern Petronas Twin Towers? Perhaps there is no grander declaration of a musical Merdeka.

Wayang kulit-based designs help duo win

Inspired by Javanese I>wayang kulit/I>, creative partners Yusof Daud and Mohd Zahidi Mohammad styled their designs in shades of pink from the mystical I>Chantil Arjuna/Imotifs of the shadow play.

In the shadows

As the years go by, the traditional art of wayang kulit has been increasingly left in the shadows.I mean, who shadow puppets when you’ve got TV, the Internet, movies, 3D movies and god knows what else...

Up close with an expert puppeteer

People elsewhere may not know who Pak Dollah Baju Merah is, but he is a household name in Kelantan. His reputation in I>wayang kulit /I>(shadow puppet play) is legendary. Pak Dollah always plays to a full house as he is widely acknowledged as the most entertaining and skilful I>Tok Dalang /I>(puppeteer).

Shadow play with superheroes

GEORGE TOWN: Green Lantern, Superman and Flash are bare-footed while Wonder Woman stands on a phoenix. Also spotted is Superman wearing a sarong-like pant.

Classically different

What do you get when you combine wayang kulit with classical Western music? A recipe for something unique, that's what.

Classically different

What do you get when you combine wayang kulit with classical Western music? A recipe for something unique, that's what.

Come step into the magical world of puppets

Puppetry is one of the main highlights at this year’s Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival

Modern touch to classic art

I>Wayang kulit gedek/Ior simply I>wayang gedek/Iis a form of shadow play practised by the Thai communities of Kedah and Perlis with dialogue that features the Kedah Malay dialect with bits of Thai.