Author: Sukhbir Cheema

Circular doodles helped this artist manage her anxiety and stress levels

Art is truly therapeutic to many. Bangladesh born Tashfia Shamim can testify to this fact.   The 21-year-old BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student at Taylor’s University has been arting since she was eight-years-old but only discovered her talent in circular doodles last year. “I had trouble sleeping during a stressful period of my life when I was 19 and I would always be worrying about things,” Tashfia begins in our email conversation. After moving back to Bangladesh to pursue her A’levels Tashfia found it extremely difficult to settle down and get used to the big change, let alone find an art...

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Taking up the Inktober challenge? Here are 5 useful tips from M’sian artists

Artwork by Superdoofus With October upon us in a couple of days time, that means only one thing and one thing only; Inktober! Created in 2009, Inktober is a 31-day challenge started off by artist Jake Parker to push artists and doodlers to create artworks via ink drawings for an entire month. Typically, Jake provides daily prompts for all 31 days. Here’s 2017’s: But ofcourse, these prompts are not necessary to follow and we’ve seen many artists in the past who turned the challenge into a personal one with some even having their own themes. And yes, there have been...

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Malaysian film composer releases tribute album to famous astronomers!

Onn San and the amazing artistes behind Epomania II Time & Space. Image credit Rhysher Park Who wouldn’t know Onn San right? For folks who were moved by the 2016 Malaysian sports film Ola Bola would remember the award winning composer’s emotionally stimulating score which made the film even more magical. If Hollywood has the stellar Hans Zimmer and Bollywood the enigmatic AR Rahman, Malaysia has Onn San who has all the makings to become a globally acclaimed film composer. Don’t believe us? Just give this track a listen! Einstein is a track from Onn San’s latest album, Epomania II...

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Forget about nationalistic songs, these are the Merdeka music to listen to

Every year on August 31, as Malaysians celebrate the country’s independence, more often than not they’re served with the same old stale platter of nationalistic music. The words, “perpaduan”, “kebangsaan” and at times, “cinta” is thrown in to produce at times cringe-worthy music. Thankfully, many local music lovers are not left disappointed as several of our own Malaysian musicians churn out to give their own perspective on what the word “Merdeka” means through their music. We’ve decided to create a list and here it is! Jiwa | Soul by Pulse Soundworks Featuring 14 talented Malaysian singers the likes of Nigesh...

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“More space should be made available for local musicians” Beverly Matujal

Image credit: Noah Kwek As a musician, tapping into the Malaysian audience can be a real pain, as singer-songwriter Beverly Matujal explains. The 24-year-old who hails from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah rubbishes claims made by many that lack of interest in local music due to personal preferences is a contributing factor. “It is no doubt easy to get your music out there if you’re signed under a big record label,” she says to me when we met at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Surely, this statement would make any local musician fume and seethe in anger. But Beverly...

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october, 2017

30sep - 1octsep 303:00 pmoct 1- 3:00 pmCRÈ

30sep - 29octsep 308:30 pmoct 29Short + Sweet Malaysia 2017

10oct - 21novoct 1010:00 amnov 21Beyond Differences

12oct - 15novoct 128:00 pmnov 15The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)

14oct3:00 pm- 6:30 pmArt Battle Malaysia #3 | Speed Painting Competition

16oct - 24novoct 163:00 pmnov 24World’s Best Movies

20oct - 22oct 208:30 pmoct 22Un Yamada Project 2017: “People without Seasons”

21oct3:00 pm- 5:00 pmSoft & Savage | An enchanting owl photography exhibition

27oct - 28oct 278:30 pmoct 28One Thousand Million Smiles