SHORT STORY | Ariadne by Abdul Rahman Shah

Shahnameh by Ben Mirza I know the only time we’ll meet is in my dreams. Where again I had to find her, and again will find her on a bench, high up the cliff, beside the lighthouse. This time she’s in a cute cream evening dress with a matching hat with a cute red ribbon tied to it sitting on her lap. Her long flowing hair was slightly managed by clips that looked like butterflies, as their wings flutter to the slightest of breeze. As always, she was looking intently at the sunset over vast seas, with a hint...

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Megha Duta – Bahagian 20 | Oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Kredit gambar: Denise Weaver Ross Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Watak yaksa memberikan gambaran amat terperinci mengenai penduduk dan suasana di Alaka kepada gumpalan awan yang mahu dihantar sebagai utusan kepada isterinya. Sloka 9 – Katil-katil dalam rumah agam di kawasan ini dipasang kelambu. Pada tali kelambu itu digantung batu-batu chandrakanta yang juga digelar “batu bulan”. Dalam tamadun India, Roman dan Greek, chandrakanta dipercayai terhasil daripada pancaran cahaya bulan. Pada waktu tengah malam, apabila engkau, wahai awan, bergerak menjauhi bulan, maka pancaran cahaya bulan akan menimpa batu-batu chandrakanta dan membuatkannya mengeluarkan titisan air. Titisan air itu amat mujarab apabila...

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Lance Vun, Kuching’s most versatile photographer

All images credit: Lance Vun Photography is a powerful form of storytelling. It encapsulates time and preserves memory. Other than that, it is also a means to express and reflect one’s feelings. However, apart from personal uses, photography can also document formal occasions and events one would like to look back to. Graduation concerts and weddings, for example. Today, with good smartphone cameras and a mobile photo-sharing application called Instagram, everyone – young and old – have turned into photographers. And whether it is important or insignificant, (or selfies), we capture and share everything on Instagram. It is relatively...

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4 times art met arrest in Malaysia and public uproar tipped the scales!

If you were among the many who publicly lambasted the Film Censorship Board (LPF) for their attempted ban on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Congratulations! Latest news says you’ve won! You’ll get to see the show in its entirety in the cinemas come March 30. It’s got a PG13 age restriction, but no one’s complaining about that cos afterall, them kids can wait until they grow up. So what have we learnt from this episode? Your fervent diatribe and vitriolic spew on social media platforms actually work! At least we definitely hope so! Cos based on our list, the tides can change despite initial success...

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This is the most shittiest Malaysian play you’ll ever watch!

All images credit: Fa Abdul. Tales from the Jamban poster art by Johnny Ong Playwright and co-founder of Big Nose Productions, Fa Abdul, tells me that so much shit happens in Malaysian toilets that it is shocking. “Try sitting quietly in a public toilet cubicle and you will know what I mean,” she dares me. The 42-year-old explains that so much shit takes place within the confines of the stinky four-walls of a Malaysian jamban (toilet), that it can at times be unfathomable. “From talks about personal issues, bad mouthing friends, selfies under the toilet lights, facebooking on the...

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Why is battling through art and not bombs the best way?

  Imagine a world where political differences are settled through an art battle. Well, there is such an event which has gained prominence worldwide and now has become a yearly affair in Malaysia. Art Battle Malaysia started off when organiser Ruby Subramaniam fell in love with the event when she attended it in Brazil. She knew right away that she had to bring it back home. Unlike last year when the event was held at Publika Shopping Gallery, the second Art Battle Malaysia event was held at Inti College Subang Jaya, in conjuction with the Inti Fresh carnival-themed weekend, catering to...

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POETRY | Suicide, Murder

Image credit: Pinterest He’s the fire that dances brightly across the skies, Painting it with bold strokes of red and yellow. She’s the water that rocks softly against the shore, Humming sweet lullabies in her native tongue. He fell in love with her. She fell in love with him. He longs to touch her face but the flames Go out with a scorching pain when he did. She desires his arms around her but she Would hurt him every time she gets close to him. They were never meant for each other. Their love hurts. She feels lost and...

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SHORT STORY | I am here for you

Image credit: Usha Shantharam It was Sunday morning when I saw Mom’s body sprawled over the bed. Her eyes were wide open with blood trickling from the corner of her mouth. I felt for a pulse. I shook her heavy body. I dialled for an ambulance. They merely took her pulse once the medical officers arrived. I asked for those reviving machines that is so often used in ER. “Dah lama pergi dah,” murmured one to the other, as if I was invisible. They tried covering a white sheet over her. “She won’t be able to breathe! Wait!” I...

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Megha Duta – Bahagian 19 | Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Dalam puisi Megha Duta, gumpalan awan (megha) yang mahu dikirim sebagai utusan (duta) belum lagi meninggalkan Ramagiri. Dalam bahagian Uttaramegha, watak yaksa sedang bermonolog dan bercerita kepada gumpalan awan tentang apa yang perlu dilakukan selepas tiba di Alaka. Sloka 5 – Tanah dataran di depan rumah agam (mansions) di Alaka diturap menggunakan kristal sitamani yang kelihatan seperti bunga-bunga yang terhasil daripada pancaran cahaya bintang. Engkau akan mendengar bunyi gendang-gendang besar yang dipalu perlahan sehingga menghasilkan bunyi menyamai guruh yang engkau sendiri hasilkan. Akan kelihatan kumpulan yaksa (lelaki) yang berkumpul di dataran itu bersama-sama golongan...

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“I have found myself again,” artist behind these colourful kettles reveal

All images credit: Pooja Verma Five-years-ago, Pooja Verma used to work as a Business Consultant at a US based company earning a lucrative income before she took the daring leap of faith into the arts. “I didn’t prepare myself at all but my soul used to haunt me when I used to work until late night making Power-point slides and crunching numbers which I always hated,” Pooja shares with me via email. The stress of working in a routine environment broke her spirit bit by bit as she used to breakdown in the office numerous of times. The only thing that kept her going...

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Meet Sarawak’s self taught musician turned award winning music producer

With the growth of home recording technology (made affordable to everybody), many homosapiens find themselves venturing into music production. While some eventually pull multiple duties as studio owners, sound engineers, and even vocal coaches, the rest went on to work as music producers, producing award-winning songs. Galvin Patrick is a Simanggang-based music producer. His passion for music developed at a very early age, from watching his mother playing the keyboard and eventually learned from her. In his teen, he picked up the guitar and thereon mastered the art of playing the keytar. The 30-year-old is also part of a...

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Get ready your battle cry and paints! It’s time for Art Battle #2

Art Battle Malaysia is back and hungry for more artists to duel it out on the public easel! Think you can withstand the pressure? Prove your paint and marvel the crowd in no less than 30 minutes! This spectator sport puts the power in the audience to give the ultimate thumbs up or thumbs down. It was brought to Malaysia for the first time just last year, by Ruby Subramaniam, who had been so thrilled from joining Art Battle Brasil she just had to start one here. Check out the story on the first ever event here.  And now...

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What’s On

january, 2018

27dec - 24jandec 2710:00 amjan 24KL Locals Only 2018 : Open Call for Artwork Entries

29dec - 1jandec 293:00 pmjan 1- 6:00 pmKLVF5 - Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival 5

30dec - 2jandec 303:00 pmjan 2KLVF5 - Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival 5

3jan - 31jan 310:00 amjan 31KL Locals Only 2018 : Open Call for Artwork Entries

6jan10:00 am- 10:00 pm6th No Borders project

9jan - 11febjan 99:00 amfeb 11International Conference of Performing and Visual Arts 2018

9jan8:30 pm- 10:30 pmLangkah

10jan9:00 am- 6:00 pmLangkah

25jan - 28jan 258:30 pmjan 28OCD

27jan8:30 pm- 10:00 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

28jan3:00 pm- 5:00 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti