*** Untuk membaca Bahagian 1.   Puisi Sanskrit berjudul Megha Duta mengangkat watak yaksa (makhluk mitos separuh manusia dan separuh dewa) yang meminta segumpal awan menjadi duta bagi menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya. Dalam mitos dan purana Hindu, muncul Kubera yang merupakan Dewa Kekayaan. Kita mungkin lebih mengenali Dewi Lakshmi yang turut diraikan dalam sambutan Navaratiri. Kubera pula jauh lebih kaya-raya, sehingga kesemua vasu (dewa-dewi) akan menemuinya – atau memujanya – untuk mendapatkan kekayaan. Malah, Dewa Venkateshwara juga terpaksa meminjam wang daripada Kubera untuk melangsungkan perkahwinan dengan Dewi Padmawati. Secara mudah, kedudukan Kubera dalam kalangan dewa-dewi adalah seperti golongan Chettiar di...

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Shakespeare play in 16-Bit? Whut??

Image credit klpac Fancy enjoying Shakespeare through the nostalgic lens of 90’s video games? You know, ala Mortal Kombat and Chrono Trigger? Presented by the Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat, 16-Bit Coriolanus takes place in a modern post-war setting. The story centres on Roman general Caius Marcius who had earned himself the title of “Coriolanus” for his efforts in thwarting foreign intruders from invading his city. Being promoted as a Consul, he uses this as an advantage to take a case against modern democracy. Played by Dinesh Kumar, Caius Marcius believes democracy is a weak and easily manipulated system. The play...

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PPAP – a critical dissection of Piko-Taro’s Freudian fruit fetish

Unless you’ve been hiding with frogs under a coconut shell you’ve probably heard and seen Piko-Taro’s viral hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP). Equally infectious and befuddling, let’s take a look at what lies behind its success. It’s short. PPAP doesn’t mess around or waste time. Like a mosquito it gets straight to the point, infects you and then leaves, stealing a part of your brain as it goes. The tune. Melodically the song could hardly be simpler. The introduction consists of a short descending arpeggio, otherwise the rest of the song is based around just one chord (C#) played on a...

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Where is Fahmi Reza?

Probably by now you would be familiar about activist Fahmi Reza who raised quite a shit storm through his bold caricature of Najib Razak as a clown in January this year. A catalyst for introducing protest art at the Bersih rallies, the activist cum political graphic designer is now missing in action. That’s right. Missing. His last Facebook update was on Sept 16. His recent Twitter activity is a re-tweet of a Malaysiakini news-piece of his clown face charge dating a month back – Sept 4 (it says Sept 5 at the bottom but do check Fahmi’s Twitter profile @kuasasiswa). Cyber Court to decide on stay for...

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Art will always be alive and kicking in Malaysia

Image credit: Robolism We are all of us artists. Some of us know how to channel it into a living and some of us are still struggling. But all of us need inspiration and encouragement from time to time. This is what Eksentrika is all about. A website with your stories and for people like you.     Whether you are a writer, illustrator, musician, thespian, chef or all of the above, we know you have an amazing story to share and we want to do just that. With these stories of struggle and achievement in the local art scene, we...

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Need inspiration for Inktober? Check out these 3 visual artists

Want to power up your art inspiration for Inktober this weekend? Artemis Art in Publika is hosting “Expressions”, an exhibition of recent works by three young Malaysian visual artists, Izzat Aziz, Keat Leong, and Nazmi Ismail. Izzat, who was the grand prize winner in Nando’s Malaysia’s “PERI-fy Your Art” competition in 2013, has produced pieces featuring the mystical elements of Malay culture, especially the ones long forgotten by today’s society. In his works, the 27-year-old aims to showcase a more colorful and interesting perspective of the Malay culture, than what is generally known to most. Keat Leong, 28, attempts to depict nostalgia and inner piece...

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Live doodle in Masjid Jamek | Sanuri Zulkefli

‘Penglipur lara (Storyteller)’ – Life is filled with stories and narratives that bring meaning and guidance. Let’s remember that life is not just for pleasure, but also for us to learn to be better people, to be stewards of the earth and to always glorify Allah the Almighty. This is the largest artwork I have produced since, 8 x 5 ft. I painted this over four days in the pedestrian tunnel of the Masjid Jamek LRT station. 6 Oktober – 9 Oktober My four days painting at the station were filled with memories and stories. On the first day, I...

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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   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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april, 2018

20apr5:00 pm- 11:00 amPoetry Café KL Youth Poetry Slam

21apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmPARI PARI DI klpac

21apr8:30 pm- 10:00 pmintim sessions #7

26apr - 27apr 268:30 pmapr 27…And The Curtain Rises

27apr - 29apr 278:30 pmapr 29Bisikan Monsoon 风媒花与神兽

27apr - 29apr 278:30 pmapr 29The Working Dead Musical: Workshop Production