Month: May 2017

Father of Malaysian Animation? Meet him in person in Ipoh!

Remember that old Malaysian cartoon, called Hikayat Sang Kancil that used to air on local TV? I was one of the 90’s kids who used to watch it and my favourite part was when the monkey in the stories, ate the spicy chillies despite being warned by Sang Kancil not to. The way the steam blew out of his ears was just hilarious and it became a play-acting game that my brothers and I loved to re-enact. I never knew the artist behind this memorable cartoon, until I found out recently, that he will be in Ipoh for a workshop this Saturday (May 20),...

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Sasterawan Kavyan – Bahagian 5

Sumber imej: Uthaya Sankar SB Jumlah penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia tidak ramai. Walau bagaimanapun, kelompok ini yang dikenali sebagai Sasterawan Kavyan tetap memberikan sumbangan besar dalam mewarnai bidang penulisan di negara ini. Bagi memastikan data dan fakta yang dimuatkan dalam siri esei ini adalah betul dan tepat, saya menghubungi sekitar 20 orang Sasterawan Kavyan. Daripada jumlah itu, 13 individu tampil mengisi borang soal selidik yang diedarkan. Secara umum, para Sasterawan Kavyan memanfaatkan penguasaan bahasa yang dimiliki untuk berkongsi maklumat mengenai budaya, cara hidup, amalan, pemikiran dan permasalahan hidup kaum India untuk tatapan pembaca pelbagai kaum....

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Battle Bloom’s debut album is the best antidote this rainy season!

(from left) Dianne Lim, Melissa Toh, Ryan Lee Bhaskaran and Fariz Salleh of Battle Bloom. All images credit: Battle Bloom Very few local bands can create music befitting for those who just want to unwind and relax after a hard day’s work. Battle Bloom is one of these remarkable bands. I was recently provided a sneak peak of their debut album, “Maps and Diagrams”, a gorgeous collage of lush harmonies representing the different phases of the band’s life as they sought their “sound” in their 10-year journey together. That’s right. The band members, Fariz Salleh (Guitar), Melissa Toh (Vocals) and Dianne Lim (Vocals/Keys) have...

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Why is Joe Hasham staging Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in Malay?

“This is set to be the most challenging production of my life,” Joe Hasham tells me as he motions me to sit in his cosy office at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). I sat down and studied Joe for a bit. Here was a man who has had close to 50-years of experience as an actor, director and producer of numerous theatre productions and commercials – not to mention he was also the world’s first gay character in Australia’s longest serial, Number 96 – and he’s telling me this particular play is challenging? I suppose he had seen my reaction...

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POETRY | If Children Build… by Hezreen Abdul Rashid

Image credit: If children build words by tapping on screens what will be the use of pencils and crayons that used to scream dots, zigzags and random lines they don’t lie but mouth circles and twirls, ooh, what cute-looking stick people! Blue, black, blossoms of pink. If children build art by fingering on screens, Pencil shavings once glued together To shape flowers, birds and ruffled collars, Now fall heaps in the bin like wilted leaves and compost oh how they have once been! Where are the inky hands and doodles spurts of paint blown through straws like ribbons...

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september, 2018

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