Master Indonesian shadow puppeteer Pak Sumardi is visiting.
Master Indonesian shadow puppeteer Pak Sumardi is visiting. Sarah Payne

Master Indonesian shadow puppeteer to enthral pupils

STUDENTS at St Anthony's Primary School will get their chance to embrace some Indonesian culture on Friday.

Master Indonesian shadow puppeteer Pak Sumardi will take children into a deep and enthralling story by the use of shadow puppets.

St Anthony's Indonesian teacher Pat Tierney said the school had only started teaching Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) this year.

"The kids are just loving it," he said.

"It's something they're just taking to."

The program enabled kindergarten students, right through to Year 6 students, to learn the language.

Mr Tierney said the students were very much looking forward to Mr Sumardi's visit.

"As a part of our Indonesian program it's very good," he said.

"It's a very authentic performance and it's not something anyone can just learn, it sort of gets handed down through the generations."

Puppeteer Pak (Pak is the Indonesian word for Mr) Sumardi has studied and performed for more than 30 years, since he was just 11-years-old.

What he performs is Wayang Kulit, there are only 36 practicing performers in Indonesia and Mr Sumardi has performed across Spain, Japan and Australia.

In Indonesia traditional Wayang Kulit performances can last up to nine hours, the puppeteer is not even allowed to use the bathroom in this time.



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