K.S. Maniam is still in Malaysia, slams Dewan Sastera’s erroneous essay

Image credit: Belle Hassanah Malaysian novelist K.S. Maniam is still based in Malaysia and has not left to the United States as claimed in Dewan Sastera recently. Government department, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), through its monthly Malay language magazine, Dewan Sastera had reported in its April, 2017 issue that the 75-year-old had migrated to the United States. In an essay titled “Kolonialisme dan Etnosentrisme: Suatu Retrospeksi Penulis India Malaysia”, Maniam was reported to have left the country purely for the purpose of being accepted and recognised internationally. The magazine claimed that it made this discovery based on survey forms that were sent out to 60...

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Sasterawan Kavyan – Bahagian 1

Jumlah penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia memang tidak ramai. Walau bagaimanapun, sumbangan golongan ini terhadap perkembangan bidang penulisan di Malaysia masih amat penting, signifikan, dan wajar diiktiraf. Semasa Diskusi Sastera Kavyan di Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) pada 10 Julai 2004, istilah “Sasterawan Kavyan” diperkenalkan untuk merujuk scara khusus kepada penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia. Pengkaji sastera dan penulisan Bahasa Malaysia biasanya menamakan Nagalingam sebagai penulis kaum India yang paling awal menulis karya Bahasa Malaysia (bahasa Melayu), iaitu pada tahun 1932. Bagaimanapun, hakikat yang sering dilupai adalah bahawa Munshi Abdullah (Abdullah Abdul Kadir...

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OPINION | Cut the “Beauty With a Purpose” crap

Image credit: Pinterest Year after year, we celebrate the annual ceremony, where a line-up of women in stilettos, bikinis and evening gowns with their faces painted, vow to end world hunger and bring world peace, as they wait to be judged based on their physical attributes, by a group of fully clothed professionals and they are watched by a fully clothed audience in a packed hall, while also being telecasted live all around the world. These women will be told to line up, walk with their heads held up, smile and get scored on how they look. They will be assigned a number,...

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These are the artworks which made March 2017 marvelous!

Art of the Month for March 2017 by Anna Sabrina. This was Anna’s winning piece at Art Battle Malaysia #2 Ladies and gentlemen, Art Battle Malaysia #2 winner Anna Sabrina’s artwork is Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for March 2017! March is special because instead of us selecting the best artworks of the month, we got our readers to vote on Eksentrika’s Instagram and Facebook this time. Some of these artworks were submitted to us and many were selected by us with permission from the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group. They were all good and I’m pretty sure our readers had a tough...

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POETRY | God has disappeared… by Mazlan Noor Along

Image credit: natre.org.uk the presence of men of letters from the world over…what’s the purpose? esteemed men of letters the cultured among the cultured the poets among the poets in the realm of the verses cascading from the hearts the minds and the good deeds with hopes so desired hoping for a world that understands the trials and tribulations of some people of misfortune and pain breathing in despair…living in sorrow some have lived years of sadness some lived in obscene richness the fall of civilization starts from the top leaders with full intent…creating the homeless allowing the living...

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SHORT STORY | Good girls by Sakinah Alhabshi

Image credit Etsy “Don’t be ridiculous! Good girls don’t climb fences and run wild!” I could hear the sound of my heart beating hard against my chest, almost leaping free, like the curly locks around my face. And as always, her thumb flicked open the dreaded envelope, and pulled out a little scrap of brown paper which said, “Bake a dozen cookies and have a tea party with your dolls”. I couldn’t play with dolls when I had guppies in the drain to catch, and a baby bird out back with a broken wing! “Good girls dress nicely, play...

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Get to know these 10 inspiring Malaysian mums who art with heart

International’s Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 (and through the entirety of March) and didja know, this year marks exactly 100 years since a bunch of lassies sparked the Russian revolution by demonstrating for “bread and peace” in Saint Petersburg… Seven days later, the Tsar was kicked out, women got to vote and now we commemorate that fateful day as an tribute to the “fairer sex”.  But guess what, I think it’s safe to say no one was kidding on that bit about the hand that rocks the cradle...*cue Beyonce music “Who Run the World? (Girls, girls!) Which...

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Allan Perera and Indi Nadarajah continue to rally on more laughter!

All images credit: Comedy Court For more than two-decades Comedy Court duo Allan Perera and Indi Nadarajah have been leaving Malaysians in stitches. And they have done it again through their latest show, “Rally On”. The two of them are no strangers in the local comedy scene. Having met six-years before the founding of Comedy Court in 1997, the duo have forged a symbiotic partnership; a key in their ability to turn any situation into comedic gold. They’re both best remembered for their extremely Malaysian no holds barred political and societal satire through their on stage personas; bar lawyers...

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HANDS Percussion: 20-years of revolutionising drumming in Malaysia

All images credit: Ban Teng Ruen It’s been 20-years since HANDS Percussion have been tantalising music lovers locally and abroad. To mark their anniversary, the troupe is set to tour four Malaysian cities starting April! For those who’re in the dark, HANDS Percussion was formed by Bernard Goh and a couple of friends in 1997. They specialise in putting a spin on the famed 24 Festive Drums, infusing the Lion Dance drum, Shigu, with diverse Southeast Asian musical instruments. Don’t believe us? Check this video out! The 24 Festive Drums is an art-form where the percussionists drum in sync while...

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POETRY | Grains by Debra Abraham

Image credit: thegrownetwork.com This poem was written in memory of my grandmother who passed away 25 years ago. As a child I spent a lot of time with her at her home in Sungai Petani where she reared chickens. This poem will walk the reader through the simple joys of small town life.   From the darkness of the room I see the glare of the fluorescent light Stealing through the louvers Setting the stage for the rays of daylight. A scuttle, A rush, The sound of ruffled feathers, The crowing of the rooster, The ever faithful newsbearer, Of the...

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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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june, 2018

9jun8:00 pm- 10:00 pmDown Memory Lane 2 with Jimmy Fong and The Baby Boomers

9jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmT4YP 2018 WIP: Mid-Season Workshop Performance

14jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

15jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

16jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

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17jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

17jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

18jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

23jun4:00 pm- 12:00 amHauntFest MY

23jun6:00 pm- 9:00 pmPARI PARI DI klpac

23jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmintim sessions #8

27jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmMalam Sayu Berpuisi

28jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!

29jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!

30jun7:00 pm- 12:00 amNEON BEATS PARTY

30jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!