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Salawat Dulang

This is a short version of performance traditional Salawat Dulang. Salawat Dulang is a form folk art from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra that is specifically localized in the regions of Tanah Datar, Agam and Lima Puluh Koto.
Salawat Dulang is generally performed by two people using a tray. This type of tray is normally used to serve food (rice and other dishes) during traditional ceremonies.
Salawat Dulang is performed at weddings and circumcisions. At certain times it can also be performed on the lawns or balconies of mosques. The lyrics contain praise for the prophet Muhammad and his disciples, and other lyrical themes.
Salawat Dulang can be carried out by two groups of performers simultaneously, with the groups responding to each other’s lyrics. The lyrics are delivered with a sense of humor, and the group that gets the most response from the audience becomes the winner.

This film is short version of performance tradition Salawat Dulang filmed at Padang Panjang, West Sumatera, Indonesia, as part of the 'On the Record: Indonesian Performance Tradition" series which features interview with the artists of performance tradition. This series consists of raw documentary footage of each region’s oral traditions, mostly in the local language/dialect. A few films have some narration in Indonesian. Lontar has documented 30 performances around Indonesia.

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

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Created: 2014

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