Potehi Puteri Hang Li Po
Catch the story of Puteri Hang Li Po told through the traditional artform of Potehi glove puppetry! This brilliant Potehi theatre tells the story of the legendary Chinese princess who sailed to Malacca to be wed to the Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Syah. She arrived just in time to witness the arrogant Prince of Majapahit challenging the authority of Sultan Mansur Syah. Seeing this situation, the princess, who was extremely intelligent, came forward and made a wise and famous statement that greatly frustrated the arrogant Prince Majapahit and defended the Sultan. She was then named Puteri Hang Li Po by the Sultan.
In the early 15th century, the ambassador of Malacca, Tun Perpatih Putih, asked the Ming Emperor Yongle to wed his daughter to the Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Syah. Emperor Yongle was furious but eunuch Li had an idea – he suggested to assign the daughter of Liu Dibao (one of his ministers), Liu Jinying, as his daughter and a princess and send her to Malacca as a bride for Sultan Mansur Shah, instead. Liu Jinying arrived in Malacca just in time to witness the arrogant Prince of Majapahit challenging the authority of the Sultan. Seeing this situation, Liu Jinying, who was extremely intelligent, came forward and made a wise and famous statement that greatly frustrated the arrogant Prince Majapahit and defended the Sultan. Liu Jinying was then named as Puteri Hang Li Po by Sultan Mansur Syah.
About Ombak Potehi
Ombak Potehi is a collective of multiethnic young people who are revitalising the endangered Potehi glove puppet theatre in Penang. The group of young people studied the art of puppet manipulation, narration, and music from the Beng Geok Hong Puppet Show troupe. To reach the multiethnic younger audiences in Penang, the group performs traditional and contemporary stories based on oral histories collected from the locals. By localising the Potehi using Malaysia’s multiethnic languages, characters, costumes, and music and performing in community spaces, the group has made Potehi accessible to people of different races, classes and gender.