Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Traditional Arts Showcase 2015 @ Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Wilayah Persekutuan


Dondang Sayang is a traditional Malay performing art that involves music and singing. It is well known in the state of Malacca. “Dondang”, or “Dendang”, means songs to entertain one’s heart, while “Sayang” means love. Therefore, “Dondang Sayang” is Love Songs. It is believed to be in existence earlier than the reign of the Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century. In its early stage, Dondang Sayang was performed without a fixed musical arrangement. It was only accompanied by musical instruments such as gendang and tambur. The coming of the Portuguese in the 16th century later introduced violin into Dondang Sayang.

Idian traditional performing arts and classical dance have been in existence for a long time, and is regarded as one of the oldest of its kind in the world. It is performed as a dance with its own storyline, accompanied by singing and music. The dancers play different characters out of legends, myth and folktales from the ancient Sanskrit Natyashastra writings. Performances can take place in temples and serve as a Hindu religious ritual. Classical Indian dance can be found in various drama versions throughout India. The most well known ones are Kathakali and Mohiniattam from Kerala, Southern India; Bharata Natyam from Tamil Nadu, also in Southern India; Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Northern India; Manipuri from Manipur, East Coast of India; Odissi from Orissa and Khatak from Northern India and Pakistan. These seven dances are also well known in Malaysia.

Makyong (or Mak Yong/Makyung) is a traditional Malay play-dance. It is a play and dance performance that consists of cultural rituals, acting, dancing, singing, musical, stories and textual speech. Makyong is predominantly performed in Terengganu, Pattani, Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis and Riau, Indonesia. Makyong is performed to entertain the crowd and also as a medicinal ritual. It is believed to be in existence since before the coming of Islam in the Malay world. Makyong was performed under the patronage of the Kelantan Sultanate until the 1920’s. As a result, the tradition is intact, even though the costumes worn by the actors have seen some changes due to the influence from the palace’s custom.

Ghazal Party is a performing art that combines music, singing, dance and comedy. It has a heavy Middle Eastern influence, which is reflected in the melody of the songs and its Arabic and Malay lyrics. “Ghazal” is an Arabic word that means singing dedicated to women. In the figurative sense, it means love poems. The word party refers to the jubilant mood invoked during a ghazal performance.

Main Puteri is one of the authentic performing arts of Kelantan. It is also pronounced as Main Teghi in the Kelantanese dialect. Main Puteri is a traditional medicinal ritual that is very popular among the Malays in Kelantan and Pattani for a long, long time. Therefore, it is difficult to separate its function between performing art and medicinal ritual as the relations between both are very close. There are many versions on the origin of Main Puteri, however, due to the absence of authoritative records, various oral sources have been widely cited instead.

Chinese Opera is also known as Beijing Opera or Peking Opera. It is a traditional Chinese performing art that combines music, dancing, singing and acrobatic skills. It is believed to be in existence since the end of the 18th century and has spread widely in the middle of the 19th century. Chinese Opera is one of the valuable heritages of the Chinese. Its origin is closely linked to the traditions and customs of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). Chinese Opera has widely influenced the local cultures in China throughout the years.

Malaysia is a country rich of unique heritage and traditions, cultures and customs passed down from previous generations. The Malay, Chinese and Indian made up the three major ethnic groups in Malaysia, with a few significant ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak. In general, the variety of Malaysian cultural traditions is apparent from its unique dances that include Joget Gamelan, Layang Mas, Asyik, Terinai, Tarinai, Tarian Kuda Kepang, Tarian Dabus, Tarian Ceracap Inai, Mengadap Rebab and Gerak Timpuh. These Malay dances are usualy associated with the royal palace, the spirit, ritual and mystical elements. The dances of other ethnic groups such as the Chinese and the Indian originate from their former homelands. Since then, the aesthetically valuable dances have become an indispensable part of the Malaysian culture. They are usually performed widely in the country, to the delights of the multi-cultural audiences.

Get your tickets from:
1. Online at www.AirAsiaRedtix.com
2. Rock Corner outlets:The Gardens, Mid Valley (TEL: 03 - 2201 4893)
KLCC (TEL: 03 - 2181 5560)
Subang Parade (TEL: 03 - 5613 1139)
The Curve (TEL: 03 - 7733 1139)
3. Victoria Music outlets:Sg Wang(TEL: 03 - 2148 7208)
Amcorp (TEL: 03 - 7956 0592)
Tropicana (TEL: 03 - 7722 2955)
BSC (TEL: 03 - 2093 1093)
4. Penang outlets:Artist Gallery, Gurney Plaza
Artist Gallery, Queensbay Mall
5. Istana Budaya Jalan Tun Razak03 40265520

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