File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 113

Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 19:58:57 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Video clip in honor of Bu Harni, R.I.P.

Is Bu's show on a better site? Mine wouldn't download properly. 


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> [Original Message]
> From: Daniel McGuire <>
> To: <>
> Date: 3/11/2006 7:51:27 PM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Video clip in honor of Bu Harni, R.I.P.
> I posted this clip in honor of the passing of Bu Harni, a great 
> Javanese Dalang.
> In order to fully appreciate her skills, you'd probably need to study 
> in Indonesia a few years.  But this clip, which is without words, is a 
> wonderful bit of physical comedy, synced beautifully with gamelan and 
> mouth-made sound effects.
> This from the gamelan list:
> ---------------------
> "Sad news to report---
> This afternoon (Saturday afternoon in Solo), Nyi Suharni Sabdowati 
> passed away in the hospital after being ill for a short time.
> Bu Harni was a highly respected dhalang and one of the few female 
> dhalang. She was a student of Ki Nartosabdo (hence "Sabdowati"), and 
> was from Kedhung Bantheng, Sragen. She passed away at approximately the 
> age of 70. Besides being a professional dhalang in her own right by any 
> standards male or female, she was well-known for her trademark "male" 
> voice and sang suluk and kombangan precisely in the male range, rather 
> than up an octave like many other female dhalang. She was widely 
> traveled and had spent a short time teaching and peforming in 
> Melbourne, Australia if I'm not mistaken.
> She passed away while being visited by numerous famous dhalang in the 
> hospital this afternoon--never at a loss for friends, students, and 
> admirers--and attendance at her service tomorrow afternoon will 
> undoubtedly reflect her wide influence in the Solonese dhalang 
> community.
> Kitsie Emerson
> Solo/Jakarta"
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