Inna lillahi wa inna lilahi rojiiun. The world of Cirebonese performing art has lost another of its great figures, the dalang tarling H. Abdul Adjib who died today (26 February 2011).
Adjib (also known as Adjid) was the director of the tarling company Putra Sangkala, founded in the 1960s. He was one of a cohort of actor-director-musicians who defined this music theatre genre, which combines singing, melodramatic acting and drum, gongs, suling (bamboo flute) and guitars. Others of this cohort include Jayana, Uci Sanusi and Sunarto MA. Only Sunarto is still alive. Since the 1990s, Adjib also had a career doing Islamic solo performances combining sermons and singing. Adjib is best remembered for his tarling musical version of the folk tale Baridin, and the song Warung Pojok (Corner Food Stall).