POETRY | Magic of Music by Navadharini Sunder

“Music – Crazy Fingers – Piano Keyboard” by sueduda, 2007 Tunes to observe that are uniquely diverse, From ringing bells to soprano singing bellas, Even the chirping birds form charming chorals awakening dawn hours, Beat boxing boys strike a chord as rhythmic young fellas, Vibrating vocals repeating verse after verse, Pulsating voices from baritone to tenor welcoming dusk happy hours. Sounds and being align as an ensemble, Melodic melisma that moves us to tremble, Swaying trees and hustling leaves vibe in symphony, Rushing waves wooing in homophony, Strutting horses holding tempo in cacophony, Dancing dolphins dazzling in polyphony, Emoting...

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SHORT STORY | An empty soul in Universiti Sains Malaysia by Peter Soh

Artwork credit Pinterest “You have been getting thinner and thinner ever since I know you three years ago. I am so worried for you but I have ran out of ideas on how to help you out,” Alex said to me, and he could not stop crying. He was worried of my deteriorating health – I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in my second year of doing PhD and things did not seem to get any better after that. Many would find it bizarre to find a Malaysian who dislikes eating, even shocking if that person stays in Penang....

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What’s your epic Balik Kampung tale? Share the legend for prizes lah!

Hari Raya is around the corner and for many Malaysians, tis the season to head home to loved ones and become round through food! It is a Muslim festival but we Malaysians are known to embrace the celebration as one great open-house party for all. What we get out of this is a collection of great memories and stories that live on beyond the holiday period. Some are so epic, they are retold again and again at every get together. If you have one of these balik kampung anecdotal gems, now is the chance for you to share it with...

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Kavyan Edar Rakaman Audio Baca Cerpen Secara Percuma

Kredit gambar: Uthaya Sankar SB Sasterawan Negara Datuk A. Samad Said melancarkan rakaman audio lapan buah cerpen karya Uthaya Sankar SB dalam bentuk MP3 pada acara Baca Karya Penulis Malaysia II di Pusat Kebudayaan India, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur pada 11 Jun 2017. Rakaman audio berkenaan diusahakan oleh Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Kavyan) dan Perunding Media, Motivasi dan Penerbitan Uthaya dalam usaha mencambahkan minat masyarakat pelbagai kaum dan latar belakang menikmati cerpen Bahasa Malaysia bermutu. “Sumbangan Uthaya untuk mempersubur kesusasteraan Bahasa Malaysia bukan hanya dengan kata-kata, tetapi dia melaksanakan, menghadirkan dan melestarikan usaha murni itu sama ada secara sendirian atau bersama-sama Kavyan....

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POETRY | My Hope for the Best by Anuradha Chelliah

Image credit: intimacyheals The day I was born, I hoped to be great To be a girl to help this place I call my home I came into the world Shining like a bright star Hoping to shine the future I hope …….. To be the best From the first step I took To the first book I read I always hoped to be the best I read good books To gain knowledge to change me From a little girl to an intelligent angel To help little children with big hopes To live in this challenging world I hope…… To...

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CERPEN | Guruh Berdentuman oleh Lokman Hakim

Kredit gambar: Janet Paden Guruh sedang menyeru. Aku tahu seruan guruh itu imaginasiku. Namun aku tak mampu menolak imaginasi ini, kerana aku percaya guruh sedang menyeruku. Tekstur dentumannya ada rona. Ada warna pada bunyi. Bagaimana bunyi punya warna pula? Begini. Aku gemar bermeditasi tatkala aku lengang. Dan hari ini, sesudah mentari terik menyala sepanjang hari, sehinggakan kepanasan itu membuatkan orang ramai demam teruk, gemawan hitam pula menyusul di belah petangnya. Sebelum hujan lebat turun, guruh terlebih dahulu bersuara. Aku, yang juga tengah demam teruk, memutuskan untuk bermeditasi. Setelah ubat yang diambil tidak memulihkan, aku mahu cuba kaedah itu. Aku...

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Joe Hasham’s adaptation of Betrayal will leave you theorising at the end

Stephanie Van Driesen is Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. All images credit: klpac Convincing is the word to describe Joe Hasham’s recent stage play, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Undoubtedly, it was a challenging production for three reasons; Pinter’s economical dialogue that left a vast room for interpretion of the script, staging an additional show in Bahasa Malaysia and thirdly, which in my opinion is the toughest, the fact that the first scene began in the year 1977 and ends in 1968. A nine-year progression of a story in reverse! With a strong cast comprising Stephanie...

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Websites to bookmark if you love the Malaysian art scene

These couple of years have seen a number of local websites being set up, dedicated in promoting the Malaysian art scene. Some act as virtual spaces where events and happenings can be shared, others act as a medium where discussions on the local creative scene takes place, while a few more curate and produce writings related to the arts. From writings, to films to poetry, we’ve got you covered on the websites that you MUST bookmark in order to keep yourself updated with the local creative scene. ***Pssst! To access the sites, simply hit their names in pink.  Kakiseni...

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POETRY | If I thought by Sumati Muniandy

Image credit: Brigid Vaughn If I thought this was our last meeting, I’d collect all our pictures and keep them safely. If I thought this was the last moment that I hear your voice, I’d listen to your speech attentively. If I thought this was the last hug from you, I would embrace you deeply from my heart. If I thought this was our last drink together I’d save the last sip of your coffee. If I thought today was my last day on earth, I’d tell you that our love is beyond death, eternal. I’d love you for...

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SHORT STORY | The Snows of Taiping by William Tham

Layby In The Snow by Glenn Marshall One night it starts to snow in Taiping. The botanical gardens become a winter wonderland the next day, which makes no sense because Malaysia is a tropical country. People leave the heat of the Klang Valley, stock up on winter jackets amongst the competing merchants outside the train station, and throw snowballs at each other amidst peculiar trees. For dinner they go ice-fishing and barbeque freshly-caught confused tilapia in a pond that doubles as a skating rink and finish with ais kacang made from freshly-fallen snow. People forget politics and inflation so they can enjoy the chill,...

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Launch your artist career with the UOB competition now…it’s been done before!

Kobayashi Satoshi’s “The Producer” source: UOB Are you ready to make your craft the UOB Painting of the Year 2017? The annual competition that has been highlighting artists across South East Asia for over two decades now, is accepting entries until September 1, this year. The theme is Reciprocity, which is how viewers perceive and appreciate art through their own experiences and memories. “The beauty of art is subjective and can be interpreted differently based on viewers’ feelings and experience. This year’s theme highlights this unique element that makes art and the appreciation of it personal to each of us,” says UOB...

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Mermaids, mothers and pets, here are May 2017’s artworks!

Woahh so fast and it’s already June! Last month we had a gorgeous selection of artworks where our readers voted for their favorite art for the month of May 2017. Before we announce the winner, let’s check out the amazing artworks which were submitted and selected to us! So, which artwork has been crowned Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for May 2017? *drumrolls* It’s Ellie Yong! The Sarawakian born has been consistent in producing beautiful mermaid inspired artworks for the #MerMay challenge. Ellie received a collective total of 50 votes from our Instagram and Facebook. The winning artworks of all...

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