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The 2022 Wayang Jogja Night Carnival

Angels carrying Klepu Dewandaru of the Kemantren Pakualaman. (IO/Dessy Aipipidely)

“Lokananta Arjuna Anugraha” was the title of this year’s Wayang Jogja Night Carnival #7. Lokananta is a gamelan (traditional Javanese musical instrument) set from Suralaya, the Gods’ palace in heaven. In the story, the Lokananta instrument can only be played twice, at Erawati and Baladewa’s wedding and Sembadra and Arjuna’s wedding. Lokananta Arjuna Anugraha symbolizes the gratitude expressed by the people of Yogyakarta for surviving the pandemic. Playing upon the gamelan is also a form of support for this cherished instrumental form, which has been confrmed by UNESCO as an Indonesian cultural heritage.

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