From the Nadir of Life Comes Rare Music

Hitting rock bottom would naturally make anyone shut down completely. But not for this bunch of eight talented young musicians who conceived a band two-years-ago and named it “Nadir”. “Nadir represents many things in different languages,” the band’s leader, Ashwin Gobinath tells Eksentrika. Ashwin, who is also the band’s spokesperson said in Arabic, the word means “dearly loved” or “rare”. And truth be told, with Ashwin on the drums, veteran Zaim Zaidee on bass, Stephanie Tham on keys, Lor Phaik Sim manning the synths, Adil Johan on the saxophone, Santosh Logandran providing sounds via his Tabla and Carnatic vocals,...

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Penglipur lara di LRT Masjid Jamek

Penglipur lara (Storyteller) – kehidupan itu adalah penuh dengan cerita dan hikayat, yang membawa makna dan pedoman. Sedarlah hidup itu bukan untuk bersuka ria, malah untuk kita belajar menjadi lebih baik, menyantuni alam alam, dan sentiasa mengagungkan Allah yang Maha Esa. Artwork terbesar yang pernah aku hasilkan, 8 x 5 ft. Selama 4 hari bertapa di laluan terowong stesen LRT Masjid Jamek. 6 Oktober – 9 Oktober. Pengalamanku selama 4 hari melukis mural di laluan terowong LRT Masjid Jamek penuh dengan cerita. Permulaan hari pertama, bertemu dengan Allie Hill di depan stesen masjid jamek. Tanpa berlengah kami melangkah masuk...

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Kedai Fixi pindah promo

Local indie publisher, Fixi is offering a five books for RM50 promotion this week, due to their store in Jaya Shopping Centre, PJ, relocating. The promotion is for a total 100 titles by Fixi as well as other publishers and set to last until Saturday (15 October 2016). The promotion is not valid online, only for those walking into Kedai Fixi before they close doors this week. It is uncertain where or when the next brick and mortar will turn up. Based on their Facebook post, Kedai Fixi will not be in operation for a while. You can check out the titles on sale at their Facebook...

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A story without words | Sefa

Sometimes the only way to express your soul is silently. This is at least true for Sefa, a Malaysian mime artist, who reveals to Eksentrika his passion for a wordless performance.  Contrary to the notion associating mimes with clowns and fooling around, Sefa considers it an artistic medium to express different shades of thought and emotion. The 28-year-old is especially influenced by French actor Étienne Decroux’s corporeal mime and attempts to fashion his own pieces after the  mid-20th century mime icon. As someone who writes and recites his own poetry, Sefa says he found mime to be a more challenging and complex form of expression....

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POETRY | Yellow String by Nesam Pillay

Image credit lingabhairavi.org   She whipped him playfully with a thin rattan stick and he said ‘I feel no pain’ bravely she asked him if he could not be hurt and began to whip herself ‘stop it….. you’re hurting me’ he said he stood at the edge of their meeting place when she got there, she circled him, round and round like ten times ‘have you gone mad? ‘ he asked ‘no I have not’ ‘I am like the world circling my sun’ she says ‘what would I be without my sun?’ ‘I’d be so cold, my life would be...

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GOD & RELIGION ~ From Confusion to Fusion

Image edited from http://1.bp.blogspot.com/ “DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?” I get asked this question quite often. But it isn’t very often that the enquirer has the patience or the time to stay around for my response, which involves deconstructing the unquestioned assumptions of conceptual semantics. As far as I know nobody has ever come up with a definition of “God” acceptable to all. The notion that the physical universe was created by an all-knowing, all-powerful, ubiquitously existing Maker is fairly common, especially among the more conservative, more traditional – and therefore less adventurous – thinkers. When I gaze upon any...

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POETRY | Kural by Enbah Nilah

Artwork by Enbah Nilah For Jack Malik, who encouraged me to experiment with Tamil in my poetry, and whose struggle to find his Suara is one that so many of us know all too well. Terima kasih, kawan. Aayiram thirukkural vaasitte en naaku indru en kural maranthathu yen? I am now without a voice, I don’t sound like my maatha, pithaa, guru, or deivam. I have no certainty in the currency of words, I have spent too many; this inflation rose from the collapse of the foundation with which I made meanings, made sense of fumbling feelings, nothing I...

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SHORT STORY | A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

(Image credit Damien Hirst) It came when the night was most quiet and still; when trees stood rigid outside the window, and stars littered the black satin sky. Deep slumber fell upon everyone; nothing stirred, but the monster and I. The door creaked, and steady snoring drifted in from the hallway. I welcomed the sound and wished it would stay; but like my hope, it disappeared when the door clicked. It glided across the room, soundless like falling petals, and stopped at the foot of my bed. Its monstrous form blocked the moonlight from the window, casting a heavy...

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Megha Duta – Bahagian 1 Oleh: Uthaya Sankar SB

“Where Ramagiri’s shadowy woods extend, And those pure streams where Sita bathed, descend; Spoiled of his glories, severed from his wife, A banished Yacsha passed his lonely life; Doomed by Cuvera’s anger to sustain Twelve tedious months of solitude and pain.” Terjemahan di atas dilakukan oleh Horace Hayman Wilson dalam The Megha Duta or Cloud Messenger: A Poem in the Sanscrit Language (1814). Megha Duta adalah antara puisi Sanskrit yang paling diraikan, dan dihasilkan oleh Kalidas @ Kalidasa @ Kalidasan, iaitu antara penyair penting dalam sastera Sanskrit di India. Dari segi bahasa kamus, “duta” merujuk kepada wakil yang dilantik...

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Dreaming the body beautiful at the Royal Durian Academy of Ballet

As a hardcore and unrepentant goddess-lover, I am bound to be biased about any project involving Nell Ng. In any case I’ve never subscribed to the belief that objectivity serves better than subjectivity, especially when it comes to expressing an opinion or viewpoint. After all, how we experience an event is largely determined by the general state of mind we happen to be in – even what we had for breakfast. Well, on the 5th of October, my digestion could only handle a breakfast of cream crackers soaked in condensed “milk” – no thanks to the “fresh” pineapple juice...

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What the heck? Masjid Jamek LRT kena conteng!

It’s true! If you’re passing through the Masjid Jamek LRT tunnel to board a train home, work or college, don’t be surprised to be bombarded with tons of doodles! The exhibition titled “Doodle Malaysia’s Contenglah” was created by the talented artists and doodlers of Doodle Malaysia – a group of more than 8,900 Malaysian artists on Facebook! Funded and supported by ThinkCity and Prasarana, the entire exhibition was organised by Malaysian artist, Allie Hill. It runs from October 6 to Nov 30. Though most of the exhibitions consists of prepared artworks, there is a live-doodling exhibition where artist Sanuri Zulkefli will...

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POETRY | On My Block by Wan Rezal

There are stories everyday Laid on the pavement grey, The streets people wonder Tell tales of their sonders. Monsters and mobsters. A mother limps to the bank. She’s ragged and rank For her desperate fixation’s To pay for her child’s education. Meanwhile, Yellow shirts are gathered at a square To form a protest there Over a country gone sinister; With its servants and ministers. Hold up, let’s take a quick intermission As we bring you this breaking news transmission. The citizens are now actually interested In the sum’ and sum’ billion. Then again, how do you know the truth’s...

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