As a local person from Kamasan village, is really proud of me to share the art painting from my village called Wayang Kamasan. Here is the history of Kamasan Painting.
The village of kamasan is thought to have existed since the reign of the Ancient Balinese Kings. This is evidenced by the presence of the name “kamasan” in the inscription of Anak Wungsu Son in years of Saka 994 (1072 AD) which means a good seed. Kamasan is a small village in Klungkung regency, Bali, which is 42 km east of Denpasar city.
The history of “Wayang Kamasan Painting”
Most residents in this village are part of artisans-artisans. One of them is a painting art known as the Wayang Kamasan or puppet paintings on canvas. Kamasan Village is the parent of Wayang Purwa painting in Bali. History noted, Kamasan village also colored the development of Balinese painting. This village is even known as a warehouse of classical puppet painting artwork, the result of the incision of the artists consisting of the villagers themselves.
Wayang Kamasan developed in Kamasan Village and other areas in Bali since the days of the Majapahit Kingdom. In the 14th century until the 18th century the island of Bali dominates “Dalem”. “Dalem” are the kings of the descendants of Sri Krishna Kepakisan of Majapahit Kingdom. During the Kepakisan dynasty in control of the kingdom, Bali experienced its heyday. The power of the king of Bali at that time once covered the coast of East Java, Lombok, even to Sumbawa. One of the best known Dalem is Sri Waturenggong or known as Dalem Waturenggong. Dalem Waturenggong is the grandson of Sri Kresna Kepakisan. In the reign of Dalem Waturenggong is a cultural art in Bali which experienced a period of enlightenment because the king is also a fan of art and culture.
At the time of Dalem Waturenggong government, the original government center in Sampragan was moved to Gelgel village, known as Puri Suwecapura with Palace named Karunia. From this place, Dalem Waturenggong organizes government affairs and state security. While at the same time, Kamasan village which is located in the north of Gelgel village is considered as one of the central kingdom that specializes in cultural arts, education, and religion.
Since the administration of Dalem Waturenggong, Kamasan village grew into a village that gave rise to fertile artistic seeds to produce Wayang Purwa painting known as Wayang Kamasan Art. Furthermore, this puppet painting develops on local residents who gave birth to dozens of local artists.