Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Puisi klasik Sanskrit berjudul Megha Duta karya Kalidasa merupakan sandesa kavya (“puisi utusan”) di mana watak yaksa memujuk gumpalan awan menjadi utusan (duta) bagi menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya. Yaksa menceritakan secara terperinci tentang kawasan-kawasan yang akan dilalui oleh gumpalan awan itu sepanjang perjalanannya. Sloka 30 – Engkau sungguh bertuah, wahai awan! Sungai Nirvindhya sudah menjadi kurus (cetek). Permukaan air kelihatan kuning dan pucat berikutan daun-daun kering gugur dari pokok-pokok di tebing sungai. Tidak ubah seperti seorang wanita yang menjadi kurus dan pucat akibat perpisahan dengan suami atau kekasih tersayang. Sungai itu terdampar di sana...

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Artist makes a living by painting images of Pokemon!

Okay, so the last time around we wrote about this artist who morphed Pokemon into Po-Kaijin and this architect who created his own Pokemon evolutionary line. This time around though, we’re writing about Alexander Panglima who paints beautiful Pokemon images! A photo posted by by Alex Panglima ( on Nov 11, 2016 at 6:51am PST A photo posted by by Alex Panglima ( on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:42am PDT Finally completed! Who will you be choosing to start your adventure in Alola? Let me know in the comments below 😊 A photo posted by by Alex Panglima ( on...

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Have a bloody Christmas with Deric Gan’s Richard III

Image credit: Ban & Dev Lee photography As the curtain slowly falls on 2016, which marks 400 years since the existence of William Shakespeare, The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat in collaboration with MUKA Space is set to go out with one last hurrah, by staging Richard III at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)… in Mandarin. The Shakespeare 400 Festival, which has been celebrated since the start of the year with numerous performances inspired by the bard’s most memorable works, is not quite complete without this tale of the scheming hunchback, Duke of Gloucester. The desire to become king leads him to go on...

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Can’t get enough of Allie Hill’s latest book “Just Enough”

Image credit: Allie Hill Local graphic designer cum illustrator Allie Hill has just released her latest children’s book and we can’t get enough of it! Titled “Just Enough”, Allie’s second book is colorful, simple and yet deeply profound. It tells the story of a little girl called Amelia and the adventure she has with her blanket. Through the book’s clever wordplay, Allie’s tale delivers an entirely unique interpretation to discovering happiness through a memorable and lovable character; Amelia’s grandmother. See, Amelia’s grandmother is a tailor who creates fabric using her magical sewing machine. Best part, the character was actually inspired by Allie’s own...

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Megha Duta | Bahagian 9 Oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

ilustrasi gadis impian Sungai Nirvindhya. kredit gambar: Nana Joshi Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Bahagian Poorvamegha sepanjang 66 sloka dalam puisi klasik Megha Duta karya Kalidasa menceritakan mengenai laluan yang perlu diambil oleh gumpalan awan untuk tiba di bandar mistik Alaka di Gunung Kailasa. Watak yaksa menyampaikan pesanan kepada awan dalam bentuk monolog. Sloka 25 – Engkau akan tiba di bandar Vidisha, iaitu ibu negeri wilayah Dasharna yang sangat terkenal. Di sana, engkau akan dapat melepas rindu dengan menghirup sepuas-puasnya air dari Sungai Vetravati. Perhatikan bahawa alunan air pada permukaan sungai itu menghasilkan gambaran seolah-olah muncul wajah seorang wanita; dan...

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“Music gave me a new lease of life” Nigesh Armon

All images credit: Armon In 2009, after experiencing a terrible break up and dwindling into drug addiction, Nigesh Armon fell back into music. And that probably saved him. Prior to the dark days of his life, the 32-year-old had been in and out of several bands. His love for the stage drove him to form many different bands with kindred music lovers, but over the years, these alliances fell apart, leaving Armon, solo in his passion. In those intial years, he did not imagine music to be his full time gig. “It was all for fun. But the darkest...

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Short stories | Micro-fictions by Uthaya Sankar SB

Image credit: usercontent1   His Facebook wall was filled with birthday wishes since midnight. But none of the friends noticed his status on his mother’s passing away, a day earlier. *** Many handsome men were asking for her hand in marriage, but she has been saying ‘No’ to all the proposals. Business was booming, and even politicians were beginning to patronise. Thus, she has determined to stay a virgin and take care of the Nasi Kukus Anak Dara stall. *** He didn’t like being pushed around by his wife. She was fully aware of the gaze from the public....

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Poetry | Red Patches

image credit: Marcellina Oseghale I have a little secret, behind my facade smile, These unseen, incurable scars deeply rooted inside of me. It isn’t measles, it isn’t chickenpox, They look just the same, big, small, spotty little, Unwithered flakes, That can’t be shattered, only one small scratch, Then it wilts. Then again, Red, red, everywhere red, You can’t bare yourself, Or to see yourself, Or to show yourself, But to hide yourself. No matter how well-covered it is, No matter how well-aided it is, It resurfaced victoriously. That ample heartache, No matter how much I did, That could tranquil the...

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Laughter, tears and more tears at Still Taming & S’kolah

When the full dress rehearsal for Still Taming & S’kolah concluded, I silently walked out of Pentas 2, made my way to the entrance of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Klpac) and after taking a few deep breaths, I lit a cigarette. My eyes were still teary and I had to pretend I was suffering from a bad case of the flu. It is extremely rare to find local theatre performances that tug your heart, let alone leave the audience speechless as Malaysians are typically  drawn to shows that are funny or light hearted. Mark Beau De Silva...

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Megha Duta – Bahagian 8 oleh: Uthaya Sankar SB

Image credit: Mystical Magical Herbs Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Kisah puisi klasik Megha Duta karya Kalidasa menampilkan kata-kata watak yaksa kepada gumpalan awan yang diminta menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya di Alaka. Sloka 20 – Selepas memuntahkan air dalam bentuk hujan, pergilah wahai awan, untuk mengambil air dari Sungai Reva. Baunya agak berbeza kerana sungai itu menjadi lubuk gajah untuk mandi. Wahai awan! Ketahuilah bahawa angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa tidak akan mampu mengangkat engkau ke langit jika tubuh engkau padat dan berisi. Sesiapa yang tidak memiliki atau menyimpan apa-apa selalunya amat ringan; manakala ketepuan menyumbang kepada tarikan graviti. Sloka 21...

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Love and Light Spoken with Sheena Baharudin

Most of us who write poetry in high school, leave it at just that. But not Sheena Baharudin. Her words do not hide in pretty notebooks, sitting exiled on dusty shelves. No, her words have leapt off tattered pages onto the stage, where they scream, strut and dance around. She started off writing song lyrics and prose before dabbling in poetry as a teenager. And then, by a stroke of conscious decision, she entered the world of performance poetry and has since earned a name as a spoken word artist. Now, almost a decade after her first show in...

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Charity for Rohingya kids through poems and haiku

Specially created for Amir by Mimi Mashud of Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days fame. image credit: Mimi Mashud Most people expect to be showered with gifts on their birthday. But not Fixi’s Amir Muhammad. The independent filmmaker turned publisher recently ushered in his 44th birthday with a Facebook post requesting his friends to comment in poems and haikus. “Today is my birthday. For every person who writes an original poem/pantun/sajak/haiku about this happy occasion as a reply to this post, I will donate RM10 to a local charity of my choice. Deadline is the end of today. Begin!” he...

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february, 2018

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

1feb - 38:30 pmfeb 3- 8:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

1feb - 48:30 pmfeb 4- 3:00 pmThe Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

4feb3:00 pm- 5:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

7feb - 11feb 78:30 pmfeb 11The Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

10feb3:00 pm- 4:30 pmJumpa Dalam Reban: On The Malaysian Vinyl Trail