The show begins with a musical overture played on a pair of bronze gamelan instruments. A series of rapid passages leads to the introduction of the kayonan—the ‘tree of life’ puppet that opens every show. From there, puppeteer Rekayasa brings in more characters that tell an episode from one of the Hindu epics: the Mahabharata and Ramayana. (photo by Olivia Deng)
       
     
 Each puppet used in the  wayang  is intricately carved to give the shadow its unique character and form. In a few hours, students can learn the basic carving techniques and gain an appreciation for the aesthetic and spiritual values associated with Balinese puppets.
       
     
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