The performing arts of Ketoprak, which were born and developed in the Special Region of Yogyakarta and Central Java, are now starting to recede. Even if we search it on Google search by typing the word "ketoprak", what will appear is the Ketoprak food from Betawi, which also comes with its recipe and how to make it. Both of them are indeed cultural heritages that deserve to be preserved together.

This Ketoprak performance recording is also stored in the MMI (Museum Musik Indonesia). There are more than 150 pieces of the recordings. Some recordings' title are written as Ketoprak only, and some are written Ketoprak Mataram. We still need more information about the differences between these two kinds of collections.

What is the most popular ketoprak group in our museum? Of the 150 cassettes, about 100 are the works of Ketoprak Mataram Sapta Mandala under the guidance of the Diponegoro Military Command. It is extraordinary and deserves our appreciation. The ranks of the army have played a role in exploring the cultural heritage of the ancestors.

The leader of this ketoprak was a popular art maestro, namely Bagong Kussudiarjo who has died. He is domiciled in his hermitage in Kembaran Hamlet, Kasihan District, Bantul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta. This also raises a new question, is Ketoprak Satria Mandala domiciled in Yogya or in Semarang? This is because as far as we know, the domicile of the Diponegoro Military Command is in the city of Semarang.

There are many other ketoprak groups from the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Solo, and several cities in Central Java. Even from Tulungagung in East Java, Ketoprak Siswo Budoyo once triumphed. The cassette tape recordings are pretty much stored in Museum Musik Indonesia.

Currently, these cassettes are displayed in a cupboard with other popular Indonesian music cassettes. We attach several covers of ketoprak cassette tapes in this article. It is our intention to collect this special collection in its own showcase so that it is easier for museum visitors to recognize. Maybe some of the readers intend to help Museum Musik Indonesia?


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