Manteb Soedharsono (31 August 1948 – 2 July 2021) was an Indonesian wayang puppeteer.
Ki Manteb started performing at a young age. However, his popularity as a national-level artist began to be taken into account by the public since he held the Banjaran Bima show once a month for a full year in Jakarta in 1987.
When Ki Narto Sabdo died in 1985, a big fan named Soedharko Prawiroyudo felt very lost. Soedharko then met Ki Narto's student, namely Ki Manteb who was considered to have some similarities with his teacher. Ki Manteb was invited to perform at the circumcision ceremony for Soedharko's son.
Since then, Sudarko's relationship with Ki Manteb has grown closer. Sudarko also acted as a promoter of the Banjaran Bima routine performance in Jakarta, which was staged by Ki Manteb. The performance is held every month for 12 episodes from the birth to the death of Bima, a Pandawa figure.
Ki Manteb admitted that Banjaran Bima was a milestone in his life. Since then his name has become more and more famous. In fact, in the '90s, his level of popularity had exceeded Ki Anom Suroto, who was also his adoptive brother.
On 4–5 September 2004, Ki Manteb set a record by performing 24 hours non-stop with the play Baratayudha. This show is located at RRI Semarang, Jalan A. Yani 144–146 Semarang. Thanks to this performance, he won the MURI record for the longest wayang kulit performance. And amazingly, despite having been the mastermind for those 24 hours, the doctor who checked Ki Manteb's health after the performance stated that Ki Manteb's condition was very good.
- "Ki Manteb Soedharsono, Dalang Setengah Dewa dari Karanganyar". CNN Indonesia. 1 December 2019.
- "Pancen Oye! Dalang Ki Manteb Menikah Ketujuh Kalinya". detikNews. 24 November 2011.
- Dalang Kondang Asal Karanganyar Ki Manteb Soedharsono Meninggal Dunia (in Indonesian)