Ganug Nugroho Adi, Contributor, Surakarta, Central Java | Sat, 05/29/2010 9:58 AM | People
In 1987, former minister of information Boedihardjo called Ki Manteb Soedharsono a “satanic puppeteer” after watching the puppeteer from Karanganyar, Surakarta, perform wayang, a shadow play.
Manteb didn’t inherit his nickname because of any devilish traits, but was so anointed in recognition of Boedihardjo’s admiration for sabetan (the artistic movements in the puppet performances), carried out by the puppeteer.
Manteb said Boedihardjo used the phrase “satanic puppeteer” to praise the puppeteer’s skilful movements, which could not be equalled. Since then, he has accepted the sobriquet “Satanic Puppeteer”.