Ki Purbo Asmoro
Video Profile of Ki Purbo Asmoro as a Dhalang
6-minute profiles on Ki Purbo Asmoro in English, Indonesian, and French. Include excerpts of an interview with Purbo Asmoro, as well as snippets of his performances and commentary on his style by a number of experts.
(video footage by Kartika Nugroho and Danang. Profile by Kitsie Emerson. Translations by Shanty Astarini and Marie-Laure Frinzi)
detailed synopsis in English for Banjaran KAKRASANA
Video Snippets of Ki Purbo Asmoro in performance
Makutharama, Oct 2008, Benawa, (Kumbakarna with Wibisana), footage by Bambang Asmoro
Makutharama, Oct 2008, Benawa, (Wibisana and "sedulur papat"), footage by Bambang Asmoro
Sesaji Raja Suya, May 2008, Hotel Dharmawangsa, (Baladewa naik gajah), footage unknown The VCD contents are as follows:
Sesaji Raja Suya, May 2008, Hotel Dharmawangsa, footage unknown
Ciptoning, Sept 2007, London, (perang di kahyangan), footage from Southbank
Ciptoning, Sept 2007, London, (gara-gara fragment), footage from Southbank
Ciptoning, Sept 2007, London (budhalan buta2/jin2), footage from Southbank
lakon?~2007, Pacitan (perang kembang), footage by Bambang Asmoro
Brubuh Astina, ~1990, Jakarta, (fragment from prolog), footage from Kalasinema
(Ki Purbo Asmoro giving examples, Bp. Kuwato, Jurusan Pedhalangan, as narrator)
NOTE: By searching www.youtube.com for "tutorial sabet" or "Purbo Asmoro", you will find dozens of short clips like the one above, which are from a 3-VCD set put out by ISI in 2006, digitalized and placed on the web by an unknown source. I hesitated to reproduce the links here, since they are not an official posting, but in the end decided to because many people were already accessing them, with no information as to their background.
This tutorial entitled "Petunjuk Praktikum Pakeliran Gaya Surakarta" includes a 200-page text, and was the product of a grant ISI received in 2005. The text is broken into 3 sections:
The complete 3-VCD set, together with the text, is available for sale at ISI Surakarta's Jurusan Pedhalangan, and was written by the following instructors at ISI:
Tim Penyusun: Sugeng Nugroho
Editor: Sugeng Nugroho
Penanggung Jawab: Purbo Asmoro
In the near future it may be possible to distribute this text and 3-VCD set internationally, but it is currently only available in Indonesia. Anyone wishing to acquire the set is highly urged to coordinate with someone they may know who lives in Indonesia or is going to Indonesia, in order to make an official purchase through ISI.
The VCD contents are as follows: