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Janaka Sunda

Janaka Sunda is a type of popular performance art from West Java. It is a form of musical comedy, expressed through comical gestures, and songs sung in simple rhymes in conjunction with kecapi (zither) instrumentation and occasional funny conversations. At one point it was very popular in the highlands of Lelakingan (1960s and 1970s), especially in the Bandung area. At that time, two performers, Mang Utun and Mang Dekok, stood out in popularity so much that people refered to their troupes by their names rather than by the original names of the troupes.

Created: 1999

Source Rights: Lontar Foundation

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