This action is also intended to encourage art, cultural and art event organizers who have been forced to cease their activities for the past two years due to the multi-dimensional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Consulate General in Mumbai with the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace hosted a virtual puppet theater “Gana Kalajaya” or Bathara Ganesha on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with the aim of promoting Indonesian tourism in India and the world.
The performance was followed by 10,000 viewers from India, Indonesia and various other countries via Zoom and YouTube channels and was supported by the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The performance began with a typical keraton dance, Bedaya Sang Amurwa Bumi, followed by remarks from the Indonesian Consul General in Mumbai and guests of honor from the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Protocol of the Government of Maharashtra State.
The event was opened by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X with a virtual performance of Wayang Orang “Gana Kalajaya” which was experienced by various groups in India, Indonesia and various other countries.
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Indonesian Consul General in Mumbai Agus Prihatin Saptono said in a written statement in Jakarta on Sunday that the virtual show collaboration is an ongoing effort to promote Indonesian tourism among the people of India and the world, which this time is the tourism potential of Yogyakarta as one of the leading destinations. Beyond Baliwhile at the same time highlighting the similarities and uniqueness of the cultural heritage of Indonesia and India.
“This action is also intended to encourage art, cultural and art event organizers who have been forced to cease their activities over the past two years due to the multi-dimensional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. All parties are trying to adapt to these conditions while containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, “he said.
Wayang Orang “Gana Kalajaya” is a special creation by Ngarso Dalem Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace, which is to be shown especially in September together with the Ganesh Chaturti celebrations in India, especially in the Maharashtra region.
The Minister of Tourism, Environment and Protocol of the Government of Maharashtra State, Aaditya Thackeray, expressed his delight in his speech at the initiative of the Indonesian Consulate General in Mumbai to create an interesting show that not only highlights the close cultural ties between India and Indonesia It also highlights a story which caught the attention of the Indian community of Gana Kalajaya and which tells the story of Lord Ganesha.
He hopes to work together on similar activities in the future and hopes that tourist visits can increase in both countries.
Meanwhile, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said in his speech that the event reminded him of the celebration of six decades of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and India, which began in Yogyakarta in November 2011 with activities aimed at building cultural dialogue among nations around the equator Partnership took place with India Adiluhung’s works are based on Javanese cultural figures and arts with Indian influences. While the similarities between Indonesian and Indian cultures share similarities in style and stories, they always differ as they adapt to the social and cultural conditions of their respective communities.
The virtual performance of the Wayang Orang “Bathara Gana Kalajaya” is intended to further strengthen the relationship between Indonesia and India and to improve relations between the two countries. Human-to-human contact and future visits by Indian tourists to Indonesia.
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